I’ll take any Bones scoop you have! — Ben
ADAM: Although man-of-faith Booth seeks out his former priest Aldo for guidance about how to proceed with Brennan after his lie about the engagement, it’s what the padre tells Brennan that ends up making all the difference in repairing that relationship. And even though Aldo’s religious beliefs are now more in line with those of woman-of-science Brennan, look for Bones to take a leap of faith. And speaking of Booth’s old friends: Freddie Prinze Jr.’s CIA agent doesn’t get much to do in the premiere, but he does make Booth an enticing offer that he’ll likely wrestle with all season long.
Did you get any Calzona scoop when you were on the Grey’s Anatomy set? — Janna
NATALIE: Callie will find comfort in what longtime fans would consider surprising places as she turns to fellow board members Meredith and Cristina. “They have more things in common than they used to, specifically Meredith and Callie, now they’re both mothers, so on that level, Meredith feels for Callie and what she’s going through,” Sara Ramirez says. “There is a moment where Callie confides in Meredith early on. Cristina and Meredith are two people that Callie is close to during this and interestingly enough, feels betrayed by one of them at one point.” Ruh-roh.
I know you’ve seen the Castle premiere, so spill! — Hannah
ADAM: The season tends to some necessary housekeeping regarding Beckett’s two decisions right out of the gate, but after that the show wastes no time ratcheting up the action. In fact, before the premiere is over, one major character gets shot and another is in mortal peril. Although one of those scenarios is a fake-out, the other is alarmingly real.
Any scoop on Stefan and Elena on Vampire Diaries? I’m still holding out hope for them! — Kendrick
NATALIE: I guess it’s a good thing that my colleague Robyn Ross was on set this week to ask Nina Dobrev that question! She says that Elena’s connection to Stefan will clue her in to the fact that something is not right with him (aka he’s drowning at the bottom of the river.) “She has this weird feeling something is going on. It’s this cosmic connection you have with someone that you’ve spent so much time with and I don’t know if that will go away,” Dobrev says. “She knows she’s in love with Damon, but she still cares for Stefan and wants to make sure he’s OK … and when she finds out what he’s been through, it’s not easy for her.”
How will Hank return on Parenthood? — Karen
ADAM: It’s still unclear what turns Hank and Sarah’s relationship will take this upcoming season, but look for Hank to bond with Max and encourage the young Braverman’s growing interest in photography. Unfortunately, Max gets a bit overzealous taking pictures for the school yearbook, which may land him, and subsequently Adam and Kristina, in hot water with the principal.
Anything you can reveal about Once Upon a Time with the premiere getting closer each day? — Steph, via Twitter
NATALIE: Emma will take a surprising leadership role when the ragtag group of friends and foes heads to Neverland. “She’s surrounded by people who have been at each other’s throats for different reasons and are continuing to be,” Jennifer Morrison says. “But we are not going to be able to save Henry unless we all come together, so she has to be the voice of reason to overcome those differences. It’s going to leave room for new alliances that we don’t expect and also new conflicts.”
Any scoop on the new season of Chicago Fire? — Jeremy
ADAM: Get ready to meet a new woman in Severide’s life! And no, we’re not talking about a new love interest. Instead, Severide suspects this woman, a 19-year-old named Katie, is his father’s mistress. So he’ll certainly be surprised when he learns that Katie is actually … Benny’s daughter and Severide’s sister!
Do you have any scoop on Parks and Recreation? —Lance
NATALIE: Before Rashida Jones leaves Parks, Ann will be pregnant. “Yes. I’m definitely going to grow on the show,” Jones tells me, noting that with Diane also pregnant, it may be a “race to the pregnancy finish line.” More good news? Jones says that there’s a good chance that she’ll return to the NBC comedy after her mid-season exit. “Ann is not going to be far and Rashida’s not going to be far,” she says. “Ann loves Leslie too much and Rashida loves Parks and Amy too much.”
What can you tell me about Adam Pally’s character on The Mindy Project? — Kris
ADAM: Pally’s character, Peter, will quickly make himself a part of the team at Mindy’s practice — maybe a little too quickly. When Jeremy’s boisterous father, Alfred, comes to visit, he and Peter hit it off — so much so that Alfred invites Peter to dinner, much to Jeremy’s chagrin. But while Alfred and Peter click, Alfred spends most of his time criticizing Jeremy. Let’s just say that Jeremy might consider a trip to the gym after this visit.
What can you tell us about Sherlock’s reunion with his brother Mycroft on Elementary? — Derek
NATALIE: It won’t be pleasant, especially when Joan and Mycroft (Rhys Ifans) decide to exchange notes on Sherlock. “Sherlock is expecting to go to London and never even mention to his brother that he’s there,” executive producer Rob Doherty says. “Sherlock has to confess to Joan that he has a brother. It’s news to her. We find out there’s some bad blood between the Holmes boys and they have not spoken in several years.”
Got any teases about the new season of Boardwalk Empire? — Kyle
ADAM: Don’t expect another Gyp Rosetti to challenge Nucky. In fact, Nucky’s new rival, Jeffrey Wright’s Dr. Valentin Narcisse, is much more intellectual and patient than the hot-headed Gyp. (Narcisse, however, will prove to be just as deadly.) But perhaps the real threat to Nucky is Warren Knox (Brian Geraghty), a rookie agent at the newly formed Bureau of Investigation who’s trying to make his name by linking Nucky to other gangsters across the country. He’ll do so by turning one of Nucky’s closest allies against him — with disastrous, heartbreaking results.
I’m still rooting for Oliver and Laurel on Arrow. — Kim
NATALIE: Eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted the duo kissing in the Comic-Con trailer, which executive producer Marc Guggenheim reveals will happen at Tommy’s grave site. (Ouch!) “They are in love with each other and they will probably always be in love with each other and that has to influence every moment that these two characters share for the life of the series,” he says. Still, there is good news for Olicity fans: “The relationship between Oliver and Felicity over the course of Season 2 will evolve and deepen,” he hints.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: If you’re not watching American Ninja Warrior, you’re missing out on one of the most high-flying, exciting and surprisingly heartwarming competitions on TV right now. It’s a shame that Flip Rodriguez went out this week, but Brent Steffensen could legit become the first American Ninja Warrior. It’s history in the making!
Adam’s Mini Rant: I’m dumbfounded by the decision to have Randy Jackson replace (actually useful) Jimmy Iovine as American Idol‘s in-house mentor. Is he Fox’s Jay Leno?
NATALIE: Though Cristina and Owen have broken up, Kevin McKidd says that they’ll still be linked. “I’ve been assured by the writers that what happens with them as far as their relationship status, they’re always going to be connected emotionally,” McKidd says. “So even if they’re not a couple, they’ll always be, in a way, a spiritual couple… and I’ll still get to work with her.” Still, McKidd hopes that Owen will take steps toward his own happiness. “He has put his own needs on the back burner,” he says. “I want him to pursue it to see what happens, but the sad fact is that if he gets what he wants, he’ll lose the person he loves, so it’s a real catch-22.”
Anything good about The Mentalist, preferably about Jane and Lisbon? — Lexi, via Twitter
ADAM: With the show wrapping up the Red John story line this season, creator Bruno Heller hints that the unresolved sexual tension between the core duo will perhaps move to the fore. “I think they absolutely love each other,” he says. “Have they ever laid there at night and thought about the other one and what that would be like to be a romantic couple? Of course they have, and that’s exactly what they’re going to continue feeling and thinking.” Then again, catching Red John might change those feelings altogether. “They care so much about each other, [but] with the stakes being ratcheted up by Red John being ever-present, it’s a pressure-cooker situation,” Simon Baker says. “They have to lean on each other more, but it’s also going to be easy for them to blow each other’s fuse.”
Got any new info about Nashville? — Janice
ADAM: Sounds like Rayna is going to be going through several men in the wake of her falling out with Deacon. We hear that the show is casting a recurring love interest who, like his label-mate Rayna, is a super-successful mega-star. Although Rayna is initially attracted to his humility and warmth toward his fans, it don’t impress her much when he offers her some pretty sexist career advice.
What’s going to happen to Henry on Once Upon a Time? — Melanie
NATALIE: Though the Charmings and their foes are working together to rescue Henry, the real question you may want to ask yourself is what happens to Henry if and when they do save him? Does he go home with Emma, Snow and Charming? Or does the Evil Queen have other ideas about his future? First, though, they’ll have to figure out why Peter Pan even wants Henry. “In the first few episodes, you’re going to start realizing what he wants Henry for, but like any good mystery, you won’t know the whole picture until you watch the whole 11 episodes,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says.
I know it’s early, but do you have any scoop on True Blood? — Brandon
NATALIE: Just because the show jumped ahead six months in the finale, don’t expect to see Sam’s hybrid baby in the flesh next season. Executive producer Brian Buckner explains: “Our 10 episodes [usually] take place over the course of two weeks,” which, even on TV, isn’t enough time to hatch a hybrid. But he stresses that if this is deemed to be the final season, things may unfold a little more rapidly.
Any Vampire Diaries scoop on Damon and Elena? — Kayla
ADAM: For once they’ll be happy. But their bliss will be foiled — yet again! — by Katherine, who’ll be back to meddle in everyone’s lives. Although Damon says that he’s over her, what will Elena — who’s now off at college — think when she learns that Damon and Katherine have been bunking together at Chez Salvatore all summer long?
The Big Bang Theory scoop, please! — Jared
NATALIE: When Amy and Bernadette head to a work conference, they’ll be surprised when, even without Penny in tow, men are still hitting on them! “It’s supposed to be Bernadette and Amy talking shop, but they end up talking boys,” Mayim Bialik teases. Too bad they’re both taken!
Anything else you can tell us about Danny’s relationship with Gabrielle on Hawaii Five-0? — Christine
ADAM: Well, Melanie Griffith is coming to town, and I couldn’t imagine Danno’s mother not having an opinion on who her son is dating. But the couple will have bigger challenges than a nosy parent. Although executive producer Peter Lenkov previously teased that Danny’s daughter Grace could come between the pair, I’m hearing that Gabby will also be forced to choose between Danny and a job.
Any scoop on The Originals? — Sandy
NATALIE: Haley better watch her back! Executive producer Julie Plec tells us that she may not stand a chance once that baby is born. “One of the first things Rebekah says to Haley is that Klaus is the kind of guy who puts his family members in a box, so probably when you give birth you’ll end up in one of your own,” Plec says. Good thing witch Sophie has a trick up her sleeve to keep Haley safe — for now.
I can’t believe that Amber and Ryan might be getting married on Parenthood! How soon could they tie the knot? — Linda
ADAM: Things will get very complicated for Amber and Ryan when three things happen: 1) Sarah reveals just how she really feels about her daughter’s impending nuptials; 2) Sarah hires Ryan to work as a plumber in the apartment building where she is now the superintendent; and 3) Kristina’s opponent in the mayoral race turns out to be… Bob Little, Amber’s ill-fated fling from Season 3.
Is there anything you can tell us about Samantha Jones (Lindsey Gort) on The Carrie Diaries? — Emily
NATALIE: “She is Donna LaDonna’s cousin,” executive producer Amy B. Harris teases. Carrie and Samantha “have chemistry, but they’re very different. Carrie’s spent a lot of time nurturing friends, worrying about her sister and her dad, and Samantha comes in with a lot less worries about consequences and helps her open her eyes to letting go of that a little bit.” Looks like Samantha will finally be putting the sex in the Sex and the City prequel.
I’m loving The Bridge. But the guy they arrested last week can’t be the killer, can he? — Teddy
ADAM: Although the current suspect is plenty crazy, yes, he’s ultimately a red herring. However, on Wednesday’s episode, Sonya closes in on a new suspect who has ties to several of the victims. Even more shocking — and potentially deadly — is the connection Sonya’s new target has to… Marco.
Adam’s Mega Rave: Am I the only one who thinks that Jane Fonda should play Leona high in all her scenes on The Newsroom?
Natalie’s Mini Rant: We get it, Miley Cyrus; you’re all growed up! Welcome to all the fun, new activities that all adults enjoy — say, humping a foam finger.
When will Marshall tell Lily about his judgeship on How I Met Your Mother? Please don’t tell me it’ll take the whole wedding weekend/season. — Mary
ADAM: Marshall’s secret will be part of the “dirty laundry” that executive producer Carter Bays promises will “come exploding out” during the wedding weekend like last year’s meatball sub. But naturally, it won’t be Marshall who spills the beans.
I can’t believe Dexter‘s almost over! What’s coming up? — Teri
NATALIE: The Brain Surgeon’s identity will be revealed very soon, but like Trinity, he’ll stay one step ahead of Dexter for a while. In the meantime, Zach may not be the only person close to Dexter that will fall victim to the Brain Surgeon. With our favorite serial killer contemplating settling down with Hannah, we’re actually worried about her — who knew?!
Counting down the days until the Castle premiere! Everyone’s talking about Beckett’s reaction to the proposal, but what’s Castle feeling? — Cindy
ADAM: Creator Andrew W. Marlowe says that those fans questioning the intent behind Castle’s proposal should probably rethink things. (In other words, he didn’t just pop the question to get her to stay in New York.) “He asked his question out of emotion and passion and the circumstances of the moment,” Marlowe says. “He was challenged to think about what he really wanted in life. His preferred version is that he has this woman in his life.” But does this mean the twice-married Castle is truly matured to a place of being able to make a marriage work? “I think he very much likes to think that is the case,” Marlowe says. “But he is who he is…” Why does there always have to be a “but”?
So excited about JoAnna Garcia as Ariel on Once Upon a Time. Do you have any scoop? — Nina
NATALIE: As the producers previously teased, Ariel has ties to a character we already know. “She’s somebody who wants to see the world,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says. “That spirit will run in her DNA still, but we’ll meet her in a surprising way.” We hear that will take place in Neverland, where other mermaids may not be so nice. But the good news is that we’ll also likely meet Prince Eric!
I need more NCIS: Los Angeles scoop. How will Kensi and Deeks’ kiss affect the two of them in the premiere? — Becky
ADAM: Kensi will certainly find it hard to focus on the task at hand. “He fired something up in her,” executive producer Shane Brennan says with a laugh. Of course, it doesn’t help that the task is rescuing Deeks from Sidorov. “It’s not just her partner she’s saving; it’s this guy she might have a future with!” Daniela Ruah says. But once Deeks is safe and sound, the couple will have lots to discuss — which might not be a good thing. “There are changes in these relationships because of these catastrophic events,” Eric Christian Olsen hints. “Kensi and Deeks have one of the most heartbreaking scenes we’ve ever seen them do. It’s one of the few times that Deeks is able to… says exactly what he means.”
Got any scoop on New Girl? — Jackie
NATALIE: While Jess and Nick are navigating their new relationship, and Schmidt’s apparently juggling two women, Winston will once again find himself single — but we will find out what happened to Daisy (Brenda Song) in the second episode back. “We get to see how that relationship ended,” executive producer Liz Meriwether says. Word is that Winston wanted to make it exclusive, while Daisy did not. Sad face.
Got any other teases about the new season of CSI? — Jacob
ADAM: We already teased that this will be a tough season for D.B. Russell professionally, but things aren’t looking much better for him at home when Peri Gilpin reprises her role as Russell’s wife Barbara. “Barbara never wanted to be in Las Vegas; Seattle really is her home,” executive producer Don McGill says. “We’ve always suggested that Russell came to Vegas as a Phil Jackson-like, short-term coach putting the team back together. … But Barbara will pose a question to Russell that is a bit of a ‘put up or shut up’ moment in terms of whether they will continue their lives together in Las Vegas. The purpose for Barbara to stay in Las Vegas may no longer be there.”
How long will Leonard be gone on The Big Bang Theory? — Marcus
NATALIE: When the show returns, Leonard will still be on the ship, which he’s enjoying far more than Penny would like. He partakes of a cocktail or seven with the ladies on board. He even falls overboard when a Titanic reenactment goes awry. Good times. But his cruise on the Love Boat will be short-lived; he’ll be back in Pasadena by the second episode.
Is Rachel actually going to Stanford on Suits? — Neil
ADAM: Well, she has to get in first, right? But it sounds like she will. “That’s going to take a little bit, as law schools do. She is going to keep pursuing this and it will build through the fall [episodes],” executive producer Aaron Korsh tells us. “We have decided what she will do and we will answer that before the season is over. That won’t be [a cliff-hanger].”
Will Jasika Nicole return to Scandal this season? —Tammy
NATALIE: Executive producer Shonda Rhimes agrees with our assessment that Huck deserves something nice and shiny at the end of the rainbow, like a reunion with his wife Kim. But not yet. “It remains to be seen whether he is healthy enough for that to be a thing,” she says.
The Newsroom is getting really good. How long before MacKenzie finds out that Jerry edited the Genoa footage? — Valerie
ADAM: MacKenzie will learn of Jerry’s duplicity sooner rather than later, but that doesn’t mean it will help ACN at all in the ongoing wrongful-termination lawsuit. In fact, evidence piles up so quickly against the News Night team that Sunday’s episode features not one, but several resignations.
Do you have any scoop on the Suicide Squad on Arrow? —Sam
NATALIE: Executive producer Marc Guggenheim teases that the first five episodes of Season 2 make the case that there are both heroes and villains coming into Starling City as a direct result of what The Arrow did in Season 1. Among the villains are the previously announced Bronze Tiger, who will team up with Deadshot, the leader of the Suicide Squad in the world of Arrow — and there could be others down the line. But never fear, help is on the way: “We’ll be seeing more of A.R.G.U.S. this season,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg adds.
Adam’s Mega Rave: If the first two nail-biting episodes of Breaking Bad are any indication, when this show ends, I will be The One Who Sobs.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Is anyone else sorely disappointed in the lackluster final season of Dexter?
Walt looks pretty sickly in the Breaking Bad flash-forward. Will we get more of those scenes in the final episodes? — Tom
ADAM: Probably not many. “Look to last year for the shape of [the season],” creator Vince Gilligan says. (Season 5 opened with a flash-forward, but didn’t return to it again until Sunday’s premiere.) However, as noted by Walt’s return to chemotherapy, his health is of supreme interest to Gilligan & Co. “I don’t know if lung cancer is ever cured,” Gilligan says coyly. “It’s a very insidious thing and you never know when it’s going to rear its ugly head. We always kept that in mind and we want to pay off that initial story engine.”
Will Abby and David get back together on Scandal this season? — Jones
NATALIE: Things are definitely not over between Abby and David. “They’re slowly circling each other and sniffing each other to see who’s going to make the first move,” Darby Stanchfield tells us. “Someone may stick their toe in the water, but those two never seem to be on the same page.” In the meantime, expect to finally learn more about Abby’s backstory this season. “They’re going to handle it differently than I thought they were, but we get to it right away,” she adds. “It already is completely unpredictable and it’s not just one thing, it explodes into a bunch of other scandals.”
Is Ziva’s goodbye on NCIS going to be all about Tony, or will she say individual farewells to all her colleagues? — Nancy
ADAM: Executive producer Gary Glasberg says that, given the structure of Ziva’s send-off — Tony tries to bring her back to the team — every character may not get a final bit of face time. “I wanted to have as many moments as I could, but my main concern was for Tony and Ziva to have the time they deserved,” he says. “This is something that’s going to linger with him.” (Bonus exclusive casting scoop! Picket Fences vet Costas Mandylor will play a key role in the two-part premiere, as a businessman dedicated to fighting terrorism.)
Any Vampire Diaries scoop on Stefan/Silas? — Andrew
NATALIE: As we previously spilled, it won’t be long before the group figures out that Stefan isn’t really Stefan. But before that, get ready to witness the most awkward reunion ever when the Salvatores literally hug it out after their summer apart. You’d think that a hug from Stefan would be Damon’s first clue that something is up!
Got any Bones scoop that isn’t related to Booth and Brennan getting married? — Noni
ADAM: After becoming Pelant’s target in last season’s finale, look for Sweets to take stock of where he is in his professional life. “Sweets is asking himself, ‘What kind of psychiatrist is he?'” creator Hart Hanson teases. “Should he help individuals, or is he someone who, like our plucky team, helps society as a whole by catching bad guys? He misses helping people, and he really wants to get hands-on. So, we’re going to put him through that.”
What’s happening with Tina Majorino on Grey’s Anatomy? — Brittany
NATALIE: There’s good news and bad news for Mousy fans: Since Season 10 picks up right where we left off, she’ll pop up in the premiere, but she won’t be around for long. Majorino will be moving on to TNT’s Legends, so we’ll find out how she’ll be leaving Grey Sloan right away.
Any teases about the new season of Person of Interest? Will Reese and Finch still be working together now that the Machine is out of their control? — Ben L.
ADAM: Yes. “The Machine is now in charge of itself, but it still has an almost familial obligation to Finch,” executive producer Jonathan Nolan tells us. “It’s still honoring the terms of the relationship that Finch built into it.” But Finch will definitely not be calling the shots. “It’s a growing organism that is evolving, perhaps beyond the scale of his understanding,” says executive producer Greg Plageman. Adds Nolan: “A lot of people had plans for the Machine the past two seasons. This season, the question is: What are the machine’s plans for us?”
Do you have any scoop on Coach’s return to New Girl? — Sarah
NATALIE: Yeah, what happened to Coach (Happy Endings‘ Damon Wayans Jr.) after he moved to Santa Monica? “[Coach] comes back into the picture at a time when the roommates are at odds with each other,” executive producer Liz Meriwether tells us. “The guys are all fighting for his friendship.” Well, most of the guys. “We’re playing with [Winston] being really insecure about it and that he’s really intimidated by Coach and having to learn to standup to Coach,” she says.
Is Scarlett going to accept Gunnar’s proposal on Nashville? I love them together! — Annie
ADAM: I wouldn’t put money on it. “I don’t think he’ll be instantly a happy chappy when the show returns,” Sam Palladio tells us. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the relationship is dead. “He’s growing and that’s reflected in some of the music he writes and some other cool relationships that develop,” Palladio says. “We see a new guy.”
Can you share anything on Arrow? — Martin
NATALIE: If Oliver’s journey is about becoming a hero, Moira’s is about seeking redemption. Unfortunately, her trial will be trouble for Oliver. “This season Laurel is going to be joining the District Attorney’s office, so she might have dealings with [the trial],” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells me. “Part of it is that she’s trying to stay out of it as much as she can, but as always with these things, bad stuff happens.”
Homeland is too far away. Any more teases? — Raj
ADAM: Last season, Quinn appeared to be quite the company man, but not anymore. Not only will he question his mission in a startling act of defiance, he’ll also be one of the only people who sticks up for Carrie (Too bad she isn’t all that receptive to his concern…)
Is there a chance that Natalie Dormer could return to Elementary? — Clark
NATALIE: Yes, but don’t expect Irene Adler to pop up in the first half of the new season, which picks up months after the events of the finale. “Is Sherlock completely over everything that happened? No, but he tends to internalize and compartmentalize everything,” executive producer Rob Doherty says, noting that when she does return, it won’t be as a villain — or at least not the villain of Season 2.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: I’m late to board the Orange Is the New Black bandwagon, but I’m now completely obsessed and readying my Piper Chapman Halloween costume. (Orange jumpsuit, jacked haircut, sense of entitlement.) Also: I’m #TeamAlex.
How will Callie and Arizona deal with Arizona’s infidelity when Grey’s Anatomy returns? —Jane
NATALIE: Season 10 picks up right where we left off: with Callie and Arizona in a very bad place. “[Callie is] reeling, so there’s a lot of reactive emotional outbursts and acting out. She doesn’t hide it from the hospital how she feels,” Sara Ramirez says. “They wind up in the same place they were at in the beginning of the season. There’s the extra element of infidelity, but they’re back in the darkness of it and they’re shining a light on it.”
I’d love some Bones scoop. Do you have any idea when the wedding will actually happen? — Jessica
ADAM: I can certainly tell you when it won’t happen. “We’re moving fast this year. We’re not going to tease that out another entire season,” creator Hart Hanson tells us. “I think people assume that it would be a season-ender, but we try not to live up to people’s assumptions.” But given the wounds that need to be healed, don’t necessarily expect it to happen too soon. In fact, when Brennan turns to her colleagues for advice about her relationship, a returning Daisy suggests that Brennan should move on. Fortunately, she doesn’t listen to her. “These are two people who love each other,” Hanson says. “At the end of the first episode, it’s less divisive. There’s hope.”
Got any scoop on New Girl? — Sarah
NATALIE: Emily Deschanel is coming to New Girl! OK, not really, but wouldn’t it be awesome if Zooey’s real-life sibling played Jess’ sister? It’s possible! We’ll meet that character later this year, according to executive producer Liz Meriwether, and boy, is she trouble! “I have a feeling that Emily has a pretty busy schedule with Bones, [but] I’m excited to cast the sister; I think it’ll be really fun.” Send your casting suggestions below!
Any new spoilers on NCIS: Los Angeles? — Marc
ADAM: Executive producer (and hyperbolic quote-giver) Shane Brennan insists that the conclusion of last year’s cliff-hanger in the Season 5 premiere “will have the greatest consequence of any story we’ve told.” So what does that mean exactly? Although it’s safe to assume that Sam and Deeks will escape torture, their emotional scars won’t heal instantly. In fact, the post-traumatic stress will be too much for somebody to bear. “This season, someone will leave the team,” Brennan reports. Guesses?
Do you have more details on Regina’s love interest on Once Upon a Time? — Micah
NATALIE: We’ll meet her love interest very early on in the season, which presumably means that he or she hails from Neverland. “It’s a side of the character of Regina we’ve only touched upon in the first two seasons,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says. “We’re excited to see more of that and more importantly to explore her capacity for love.”
Do you have any scoop on the final season of How I Met Your Mother? — Evan
ADAM: The third episode, “The Broken Code,” will address Ted’s reawakened feelings for Robin after their moment in the rain. But don’t get excited. “Ultimately, this is the story of Ted letting go of the wrong girl so he can be with the right girl,” executive producer Carter Bays says. (Well, duh.) “There’s a few secrets floating out there that we know of and there may be more that we don’t know of. The fun thing about a wedding is that it’s just not the time or place to air your dirty laundry. And yet there’s a lot of dirty laundry, and it’s about to come exploding out.”
So excited that Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson are playing mother and daughter on American Horror Story: Coven! — Rachel
NATALIE: “Who doesn’t want to be Jessica Lange’s daughter?” jokes Paulson, who also played Laura Wingfield to Lange’s Amanda in Broadway’s Glass Menagerie. Unfortunately, this mother-daughter relationship is fraught with contention. “Our characters are very different kind of women and that’s where the conflict comes, but I’m her child, so there’s some question as to why I’m different,” she says. And just wait until you meet Lange’s new character Fiona. “She’s not Constance from Season 1, actually,” executive producer Tim Minear says. “She’s much, much worse.”
Got any Castle scoop that doesn’t involve the proposal? What about Ryan’s impending fatherhood? — Gina
ADAM: The prospect of becoming a daddy will definitely affect Ryan’s work this season. “You’re going to see a lot of choices that Ryan is going to make [about] how he feels about being a cop at this point,” Seamus Dever tells us. “We’re going to see him be a little uncomfortable with being in the line of fire and being in danger’s way. It’s also going to affect his relationship with Esposito.” Does this mean that the bromance could be over? “They’re no longer single dudes,” Dever says. “Ryan is like, ‘I have to go home and see the wife. That’s the way it is.'”
Any scoop on Revenge? — Harold
NATALIE: Get ready for people to switch teams! After losing Emily to Daniel, Aiden seeks other allies. “That’s what’s interesting about Aiden this year; he’s sleeping with the enemy a little bit!” Barry Sloane spilled to us. So who is he working with? “I’ve been working a lot with Madeleine [Stowe],” he teases. Ruh-roh.
Any new hints you can give us about the new season of Hawaii Five-0? — Whitney
ADAM: Although executive producer Peter Lenkov hints that we won’t see Mama McGarrett in the early part of the season, he insists that we will get answers regarding her mysterious past with Wo Fat. Doris’ absence also won’t stop us from meeting more McGarretts: Recently announced guest star Carol Burnett will play McGarrett’s aunt, who comes to Oahu with a secret plan to reunite the entire clan for Thanksgiving. As for the rest of Five-0 family, Danny’s relationship with Autumn Reeser’s Gabrielle may once again be over before it starts. “I can tell you that their relationship will hit a bump,” Lenkov says. “And in a way, Danny’s daughter Grace will be that bump.”
Thanks for the Scandal scoop. What else can you tease? — Jessie
NATALIE: While Olivia and her associates are dealing with the fallout of Mistress-gate, a flashback within the first two episodes will likely shed light on those illicit, pre-election days, Darby Stanchfield says. “We find out answers to things we thought we already knew, but they’re totally not like you think,” she says.
I’d love some spoilers for the CSI premiere. — Shawn
ADAM: You might want to grab some hankies. Although this year’s first episode once again deals with the team searching for a kidnapped loved one, executive producer Don McGill warns fans to prepare for a less rosy outcome than a year ago. “A person close to the CSI family will die,” he reports. “The first image of the premiere is a memorial service. If fans look closely, they will notice some faces missing. So the question is: Who’s in the casket?” Although McGill says that everyone on the team is touched by the loss, look for D.B. Russell to take it particularly hard. “He’s in crisis by the end; he feels responsible,” McGill says. “The decisions he made, he really will have to pay for. We’ll see as the season progresses that there may be some questioning of his purpose.”
How will Leslie Knope deal with Ann leaving on Parks and Recreation? — Jonah
NATALIE: Not well! “It doesn’t take long for the news to get to Leslie,” executive producer Mike Schur says. “When Ann makes the decision, the first thing she does is tell Leslie because she knows it’s going to be a thing. Leslie is in the middle of trying to manage a very large thing and she basically spirals super-hard and ends up taking out her feelings — instead of talking to Ann about the issue — on a bunch of people for no good reason.”
What can you tell me about the upcoming season of Sons of Anarchy? — Frank
ADAM: This season’s major antagonist, Donal Logue’s former U.S. Marshal Lee Toric, proves how formidable he can be in the premiere when he attempts to turn an incarcerated Clay against the club. (Unfortunately for Jax & Co., Clay finds Toric’s offer to be plenty tempting.) Meanwhile, Tara will take a very “hands-on,” do-it-yourself approach to surviving her time in the Big House. And if you think Tara being in jail is the biggest threat to her relationship with Jax, think again.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: It’s awesome to see Sookie take control of her destiny on True Blood, but it’s even better to see her not take sh– from anyone, especially Billith.
Adam’s Mini Rant: I know Grace Gummer is cute and all, but does The Newsroom really expect us to believe Jim would give her his long-sought-after interview with Romney?
ADAM: Given that Ziva was one of three agents who resigned to protect Gibbs, it actually won’t be that far-fetched. The season will open with a two-parter that features Colin Hanks returning to threaten Gibbs, prompting a team reunion. “Ziva is out in the ether and Tony has to go off and find her,” executive producer Gary Glasbgerg says. “The second episode is really all about Tony and Ziva, and, I hope, delivers all the things the Tiva fans are going to want.” Adds Michael Weatherly: “The will they/won’t they is answered. Tony’s going to be forced to face this Sword of Damocles that’s been hanging over him since Season 3.” That’s Greek for “they’re totally gonna do it,” right?
Who are the two villains coming to Arrow this season? —Casey
NATALIE: With Isabel Rochev, Sebastian Blood and Bronze Tiger being introduced — and Deadshot and Slade Wilson returning — the possibilities are endless! “Our two Big Bads of the year, we know what their endgame and master plan is,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “[They'll both] feel like they’re acting from a righteous place. They will cross paths, and there’s a Venn diagram in terms of their goals and in the diagram, there is overlap.” Who do you put your money on?
What is coming up for Kalinda this season on The Good Wife? — Marie
ADAM: Kalinda’s professional life will be strained when the truth comes out about Alicia and Cary’s new venture. “Kalinda feels a little betrayed that she didn’t know Alicia was leaving. There’s a real tension there about the fact that Kalinda feels a little bit abandoned,” executive producer Robert King says. She’ll comfort herself in the arms of Juliet Rylance, who comes on to play a new love interest. “What we love is the idea that someone tries to pull Kalinda out of herself in a way,” King says. Does that mean Kalinda will be outed?
How will Tyreese fit into the group on The Walking Dead this year? —Eric
NATALIE: Even though Tyreese has put himself on the line to help Rick & Co. before, we’ll see that he’s more of a gentle giant this year as he struggles with staying alive in the apocalypse. “You’ll have an opportunity to witness this man wrestle with the rules of engagement around him and where he fits in that world and his own inner [demons],” Chad Coleman says. “To me, it feels like a firm belief in non-violent conflict resolution, but how does that fit in a claustrophobic world? I believe you’ll see him tested and no one goes unscathed.”
What can you tell me about the new season of Homeland? — Justin
ADAM: Don’t expect the crazy roller coaster you got at the beginning of Season 2. Instead, Season 3 is a measured exploration of the aftereffects of the Langley attack on Carrie, Saul and the Brody family. It’s fair to say that they’ll all be unnerved — in different ways. Saul will have to choose between Carrie and the CIA, which is heartbreaking, and Dana will take drastic action that will reveal a new side of her character — literally and figuratively.
How will they rescue Henry on Once Upon a Time? —Jennie
NATALIE: Snow White and Prince Charming will find themselves trying to set a good and noble example for their daughter Emma when they head to Neverland, lest she turn to other means to get Henry back. “If the Queen’s got a better way to get Henry that may break the law, so be it. It’s prison rules,” says executive producer Adam Horowitz. That will be difficult for Snow, who is still struggling with her blackened heart. “This year, it’s about finding the hope,” he adds. “It’s the hope that Snow White always brought to us. She’s the light. I think she’s going to see a lot of darkness and realize that the best thing she can do is return the light to not just her, but to get daughter and her husband.”
What is coming up with Joel and Julia on Parenthood this season? Should I be worried for them? — Emily
ADAM: It certainly doesn’t help that Joel and Julia will each become close with a member of the opposite sex (new guest stars Sonya Walger and David Denman, respectively). But there are deeper issues for the couple. Joel is on the top of the world professionally, while Julia is going the exact opposite direction. “She’s really trying the stay-at-home thing, but she’s… struggling with her own identity,” Erika Christensen says. “[We] see her find some solace somewhere, and it looks like it’s going to happen in a way that’s also painful. She makes a male friend and that’s awkward and can put a strain on a relationship.”
Why isn’t Penny going on the girls’ trip on The Big Bang Theory?! —Kate
NATALIE: Don’t feel sad that Penny won’t be joining Amy and Bernadette on their road trip, which will end with the duo both bonding and wanting to kill each other. “She’s at home with Sheldon missing Leonard and they’re off at this science conference,” executive producer Steve Molaro says. But Penny will find herself bonding with Sheldon, who, try as he might not to openly admit that he misses Leonard, he definitely struggles with his roomie and best friend being MIA.
I’m excited for The Mentalist‘s new season. How soon will Jane and Lisbon catch Red John? — Gina
ADAM: Creator Bruno Heller confirms that viewers will know the true identity by the end of this calendar year. (November sweeps, anyone?) That means the early part of the season will be a highly serialized chase to narrow down the seven suspects. “We’re not bumping off the suspects one by one,” he says. “Some will meet an unhappy end, others will live to the denouement.” But whether or not the real Red John ultimately lives to see another day will be a point of much debate between Jane and Lisbon. “All these years, Jane’s always said, ‘I’m going to kill that bastard,'” Heller says. “Lisbon’s always said, ‘I understand you want to do that, but I am the law.’ Now that issue is not a theoretical one, it’s a real one.”
Any scoop on Matt and Rebekah on The Vampire Diaries or The Originals? I heart them together! —Maggie
NATALIE: While we won’t rule out the opportunity for crossover episodes, Claire Holt seems pretty sure that the two are dunzo for now. “In the last episode, Matt told her, ‘I have to keep my life vampire-free,’ so she knew going into it that they would have a little fun, travel the world together and now she’s ready to move on and take down more men in New Orleans,” Holt says.
How will Casey continue to deal with Hallie’s death when Chicago Fire returns? — Tony
ADAM: “He goes away on a sabbatical; he takes a little time out,” Jesse Spencer tells us. “But he’s going to come back with a new lease on life.” Although there won’t be a new love interest in Casey’s life, he will open himself up to new people in a slightly surprising way. “He becomes a family man,” Spencer says. “He’s able to give something back to some kids. It’s going to be an emotionally healing experience. The kids are going to help him, and it’ll be a complicated, but nice, recovery.”
Got any scoop on Dexter? — Rick
NATALIE: It could just be me, but I’m starting to worry that Harrison may end up killing Jaime. That’s right, Dexter’s son seems to be on the path to getting into the family business, so to speak. Sure, he’s only 4, but he was — like Dexter — born in a pool of blood, so to speak. Meanwhile, that promo that shows what appears to be Dexter being caught is a little misleading. Nevertheless, Dexter will take a risk that could get him caught.
Adam’s Mega Rave: It’s weird that Brody won’t appear in the early episodes of the new season of Homeland, but I applaud the decision if it means we get to see more of Mandy Patinkin’s amazing, heartbreaking work.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Nora’s death scene, where she melted a la Raiders of the Lost Ark, was worse than when Bill turned Lorena’s head around during sex. Grody to the max, True Blood!
I’m so excited for a Bones wedding! Got any other scoop about the new season? — Melanie
ADAM: When the new season begins, Brennan is still noticeably devastated that Booth, under the duress of Pelant, called off the engagement. “Booth is not someone who sits well with unhappiness,” creator Hart Hanson says. “He wants to fix things and that’s what he’s trying to do. His desire [is] to kill Pelant.” So will he? “He’s not usually like that; he’s not a killer. But… Caroline and Sweets are very concerned,” he teases.
Will we get a definitive explanation of the Home Office on Once Upon a Time? — Pedro
NATALIE: Yes, in the season premiere. “As we stated in the finale, Greg and Tamara don’t know that they’re working for Peter Pan,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says. “So the Home Office is related to Pan, but that’ll be cleared up pretty quickly.” Oh, and it may have appeared that Ariel was in Storybrooke in that Comic-Con teaser, but the producers say that she’ll actually be in Neverland.
So, how much of How I Met Your Mother‘s final season will be about Ted and Robin’s feelings for each other? — Jason
ADAM: The season premiere, which is titled “The Locket,” will almost certainly examine that poignant hand-holding that occurred between Robin and Ted in last season’s penultimate episode. But don’t expect it to be neatly resolved in that one episode. “It’s a story that will be explored quite a lot and in-depth,” executive producer Pamela Fryman says. How will Barney feel about all this “exploration”? Well, the third episode is titled “The Broken Code.” Infer what you will.
Do you know when The Vampire Diaries will pick up this season? — Jeanine
NATALIE: “We’re coming back three months later, so we’ll touch base on what the characters have been doing all summer,” says executive producer Caroline Dries. “We realize that poor Stefan has been drowning, dying and coming back to life. But everyone else has been having a totally fun time. Elena and Damon are a super-sexy couple and happy for once. Caroline is ready to start school. Nobody knows that Bonnie is dead, so it’s bliss, but then there’s Stefan just dying.” Just a typical summer vacation!
I’d like some Castle scoop, please. Especially something about Lanie and Esposito! — Cindy
ADAM: Tamala Jones’ promised more “Esplanie,” this season, and creator Andrew W. Marlowe seems happy to oblige. But don’t get your hopes up for some grand romance. In fact, we’ll probably just figure out why they’re apart. “There was a scene cut from their break-up because of some time issues that I think leaves a little lack of clarity in terms of what happened and where they are,” Marlowe says. “I think we owe it to the fans to give them an explanation of what’s going on in their relationship.”
Wow, how can Deb and Dexter come back from her trying to kill him? — Jeremy
NATALIE: Dexter‘s dysfunctional family will take part in a therapy session with Vogel to work through their issues, but consider the car accident Deb’s rock-bottom. “She’s seen that Harry has killed himself when he realized what he taught Dexter to do; he couldn’t live with himself. So she feels she’s aided and abetted him,” executive producer Sara Colleton says. “At first she thinks she’s going to kill herself, but then she realizes that it’s an impulsive thing in the moment that she does.” But the siblings may come together when Vogel’s life is threatened.
Is it too early to ask about scoop on The Following? — Rachael
ADAM: Nope! The show has begun casting for some new cast members, including a villain with multiple personalities. One minute he’s cool and cocky, the next he’s a sensitive, bookish type — but at all times he’s deadly. Also joining the cast is Ryan’s niece, a twentysomething tech expert for the NYPD who is trying to bring what’s left of the Hardy family together. Now that we know that Joe Carroll is still out there, something tells us that that’s a terrible idea.
Has Rick regained his sanity on The Walking Dead? — Lila
NATALIE: Yes, we’ll see him maintain said sanity by taking less of a leadership role this season. “It’s not so much Ricktatorship-y,” new showrunner Scott Gimple says. In fact, Rick will return to his roots as an investigator. “It’s a man trying to reclaim the man he once was,” Andrew Lincoln says. “We find him battling or trying to subdue the brutality that’s inherent in this man and also maybe relinquishing responsibilities for leadership for the sake of his family. You’re seeing a man try to be a single dad in an apocalypse. It’s a challenge.”
I’m liking this Genoa story on The Newsroom. What’s coming up? — Kyle
ADAM: Although newcomer Jerry Dantana is convinced that his story is real, he’ll continue to butt heads with skeptical higher-ups at ACN. But that doesn’t necessarily make him a bad guy. “Jerry’s not a black hat,” executive producer Alan Poul says. “He just happens to be ambitious. He’s driven by incredibly human motives, but [he's] vulnerable to the kind of temptations and pressures that landing a big story like this would present to him in terms of furthering his own career. … It’s just too juicy to walk away from.” Fortunately for Jerry, in Sunday’s episode, the team receives a piece of intel that even the biggest skeptic can’t ignore.
Got any scoop on Parks and Recreation? — Mallory
NATALIE: Yes, Diane is pregnant, but she might not be the only one! “I definitely think there’s a very good chance that someone else will be pregnant on the show eventually,” executive producer Mike Schur says. “Obviously Ann and Chris are actively trying, so that’s certainly a possibility for them. Leslie and Ben are very happily married and they’re definitely thinking about it based on last year, where they explicitly said they should talk about their family. Andy and April are also happily married.”
I like Ray Donovan, but just what is the big secret between Ray, Ezra and Mickey? — Ben
ADAM: You’ll get a few more answers in Sunday’s episode when Mickey drops by Ezra’s house unannounced. Surprisingly, the meeting isn’t as hostile as you might imagine, partly because of Ezra’s crumbling mental state. But that’s not the episode’s only revelation: Elsewhere, Ray gets some clues about why the police aren’t pursuing the priest who Mickey murdered and Terry learns some devastating news about his nurse/girlfriend — just as he’s starting to fall for her.
So shocked by Terry’s death. Is there a chance that we could see him again on True Blood? — Jenna
NATALIE: Terry is definitely dead, but a bloodsucking little birdie told me that Todd Lowe will pop up in a flashback later this season.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: Last year, Once Upon a Time wowed the Comic-Con crowd when it announced the impending arrival of Captain Hook. This year, a teaser promised Ariel from The Little Mermaid! Our casting picks: Felicia Day, Molly Quinn, or Joanna Garcia-Swisher. You’re welcome.
Adam’s Mini Rant: Thanks, Bryan Cranston, for wearing the creepiest disguise since The Following‘s Edgar Allan Poe masks. As if Breaking Bad‘s Heisenberg didn’t already haunt my dreams.
ADAM: Yep, you’ll get it — and Beckett’s decision about the job in Washington — immediately when the show returns. But creator Andrew W. Marlowe suggests that the answer is the easy part. “There are four possible outcomes and each of them have their own particular consequences,” he says. “There’s no version of this that’s easy and that they live happily ever after — even with the good stuff.” And while Rick would certainly be heartbroken if Beckett said no, Marlowe says Beckett has the most to lose. “How can she make any choice without giving something up? She’ll have to sacrifice something,” he teases.
Please tell me you have some Damon or Stefan scoop on The Vampire Diaries! —Shari
NATALIE: How about both? One of Stefan’s numerous exes will pop up this season… with a vengeance. Tessa is a fellow vampire, natch, and she’s spent centuries hunting down the Salvatores. She’ll first tangle with Damon, whose daylight ring will conspicuously go missing in her presence — and that’s really bad.
Have you got any scoop on the final episodes of Breaking Bad? I can’t wait to see how Hank reacts to learning Walt’s secret! — Philip
ADAM: The first episode back continues the flash-forward from the Season 5 opener — and Walt will use a tool from his trunk for a very specific mission. As for the Hank of it all, I’d encourage a little patience. The usually loquacious blowhard is rendered pretty much speechless through a lot of the episode — which makes it all the more important when he finally has something to say.
Any chance we’ll see Glenn and Maggie’s wedding on The Walking Dead? —James
NATALIE: The group is in desperate need of a lighter moment, right? New showrunner Scott Gimple was coy on the impending nuptials. “As far as the sweetness goes, as far as love goes, as far as emotional moments between the characters, it’s a huge part of the season,” he teases. “Horror doesn’t really mean anything if you don’t really care about the characters.” We’re guessing The Governor won’t be on the guest list though.
What is coming up on Parenthood this season? — Gina
ADAM: I think I hear wedding bells! Look for an on-again-off-again couple to get engaged. (Leave your guesses below!) But the happy couple won’t be the only ones facing big changes. After successfully battling breast cancer last season, Kristina — like her sister-in-law Julia — will be diving right back into work, as she starts a run for the mayor’s office. Mayor Braverman… we love that sound of that!
Very excited that Justin Hartley is playing Victoria’s son on Revenge. Got any scoop?
NATALIE: When Revenge returns this fall, five months will have passed since Patrick showed up on Victoria’s doorstep. Mother and son are getting along swimmingly, much to Charlotte’s chagrin when she returns from Europe, having been evicted from the Graysons’ Paris abode. Charlotte recognizes that Patrick’s presence threatens her father’s new position as governor, and she intends to do something about it. Maybe we like her after all?
I can’t wait for Nikita to return for its final season. Please tell me there will be a happy ending for “Mikita”! — Victoria
ADAM: No word on a happily-ever-after yet, but when the final season begins, the star-crossed operatives are still apart, thanks to the manhunt that’s ensued since Amanda framed Nikita for assassinating the president. Although Michael eventually tracks down Nikita, Amanda’s influence is as significant as ever. Look for her to help an outspoken public figure set a trap for Nikita, who unwittingly falls into it while trying to clear her name.
Anything on The Originals? —Harriet
NATALIE: We’ll soon find out that Katherine wasn’t the only woman who came between Klaus and Elijah. Back in the 1800s, Klaus was entangled with a stunning Creole woman named Celeste, who also had a fondness for Elijah, who wasn’t as busy as his brother keeping the residents of New Orleans in check. I’m sure that’ll end well!
I like The Bridge, but how do Sonya’s co-workers put up with her? — Jessica
ADAM: Forget about her co-workers — wait until you see how she handles the other men in her life! You’ll get your first glimpse when she picks up a man in a bar in Episode 2. Suffice it to say, Sonya’s seduction technique is a little unconventional. Speaking of outside-the-office action: Look for married Marco to receive some extramarital temptation from a surprising source.
Mike Schur said Diane was Ron’s wife in your Parks and Recreation interview. Does that mean they’re getting married? —Sampson
NATALIE: I went back to executive producer Mike Schur with that very query and he said his choice of words was likely inadvertent. But there could be a wedding in their future since Ron and Diane are having a baby together. “They are probably the next in line to tie the knot, given the events of the finale,” he says.
What’s the scoop on British Harvey on Suits? Can Harvey handle him? — Liam
ADAM: British Harvey, aka Stephen Huntley (Max Beesley), will show up as a result of Harvey and Darby’s arrangement to take down Jessica. Harvey is wary of him at first, according to creator Aaron Korsh, but Stephen eventually wins him over — that is, until British Harvey “starts to have some flirtation with Donna.” Go find your own British Donna, amirite?
Got any scoop on Under the Dome? —Jerald
NATALIE: The military will finally set up a Visitor’s Day, where the residents of Chester’s Mill who were caught outside the dome will finally get to see their loved ones. But the military has an ulterior motive: to launch a missile at the dome that could endanger the lives of everyone, inside and out. Let’s just say that Barbie’s military experience will really come in handy.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: I both love and hate True Blood for pitting Eric against Pam in a death match. So help me, if you make maker kill progeny (or vice versa), I will angrily protest… for a minute, and then I’ll tune back in to see how you fix it!
Adam’s Mini Rant: The only thing worse than Maggie’s short, redheaded wig on the new season of The Newsroom is the inanity of her Sex and the City-themed freak-out being conveniently on YouTube and being the cause for her most recent breakup from Don.
I’m going to miss Ashley on Revenge! Have we already seen the last of her? — Kate
NATALIE: No, Ashley will definitely be back, at least for the season premiere, in which she pops up at one of Emily’s big parties. Look for her to share an awkward encounter with her ex Daniel, just as he seems to be as in love with Emily as he ever was. Meanwhile, Jack will be hitting the bottle extra-hard now that he’s a single dad and knows the truth about Emily.
Love the scoop on Nashville. Got any other tidbits about what’s next for Rayna and Deacon? — Kristy
ADAM: Both might find dates where they least expect them. We hear that the show is casting for a hot, no-nonsense attorney who, while trying to convince Deacon to sue Rayna, decides to let him into her legal briefs, ifyouknowhatimsayin. Meanwhile, Rayna will confront the new head of her record label, whom she suspects of rushing the release of her new album to capitalize on the publicity of her car accident. His response? Let’s go to dinner!
How will Elena deal with college on The Vampire Diaries? — Jonah
NATALIE: Elena and Caroline will find college to be much more difficult than they anticipated when they stumble into a class led by a hot, but not-so-nice professor who knows more about Mystic Falls than he’s letting on. Does it scare anyone else that his true passion is research that he believes will help humanity?
Some Hawaii Five-0 spoilers, please? — Mary, via Twitter
ADAM: Have you seen Taken? Imagine Liam Neeson in a cowboy hat and snakeskin boots and you’ve got the tough customer who McGarrett and Danny will tumble with in an early episode, in which a trigger-happy Texan is trying to locate his kidnapped daughter. Bonus: The episode’s father-daughter theme will also feature Danny and Steve playing coach to little Grace on the baseball diamond.
I’m loving True Blood this season! What can you tease? — Harry
NATALIE: Bill’s scary prophecy may come true sooner than we expected. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, since it will show a hilarious new side of fan favorite Pam. Unfortunately, it will also put her at odds with Eric in a way that will make fans very angry.
I can’t wait for the new season of Parenthood! Will Julia and Joel still be having issues with Victor when the show returns? — Dana
ADAM: Victor’s tumultuous transition into Braverman-hood thankfully seems to be behind us when the show picks up a few months later. In fact, Julia feels so confident about her family unit that she explores returning to work! (You didn’t think she was going to be a stay-at-home mom forever, did you?) But given her less-than-ideal exit from her last job, don’t expect it to be easy — especially when she finds out that her potential new boss golfs with her old one. Bogey!
Whoa! Deb killed again on Dexter?! — Jon
NATALIE: Consider her shooting El Sapo her rock bottom, through which Vogel will help her. “It’s when her PTSD is at the worst and it’s what makes her realize that she is in desperate need of help,” executive producer Sara Colleton tells us. “Vogel steps in to say, ‘Dexter can’t deal with this; let me help.'” But her turnaround will be slow; don’t expect a bright-and-shiny Deb any time soon.
What else can you tell us about Carrie’s “bad-ass” new boss on Unforgettable? — Ted
ADAM: Dallas Roberts’ Eliot meets and recruits Carrie and Al after a training exercise, but he already has a past with Jo — and an edgy one at that. The two worked together at City Hall and it didn’t exactly end well. Needless to say, he’s less than pleased when Carrie and Al enlist her help.
What’s coming up on Longmire? — Anna
NATALIE: When Cady gets into a nasty car accident that lands her in the hospital, Walt and Vic do everything in their power to get the bottom of it, but it’s actually Branch who suspects foul play closer to home.
Can’t wait for The Newsroom to come back. Will the new season deal with the voicemail Will left MacKenzie when he was high? — Victoria
ADAM: You bet! Although Will refuses to tell MacKenzie what he said — and furthermore argues that he doesn’t even remember, owing to his lack of lucidity at the time — viewers will be let in on the secret early on. And while the content of Will’s message probably won’t be a complete surprise, the circumstances surrounding the reveal will be a great deal more shocking.
Got any scoop on Wilfred? — Samuel
NATALIE: 30 Rock‘s Kristen Schaal guest-stars this week as a potential new roommate for Ryan. She’s a total mess, but that’s why Wilfred loves her — so much so that he rigs it so that she has to move in. But he’ll realize he was barking up the wrong tree when her food-fetish website causes him to pack on a few extra puppy pounds.
I still can’t believe that Peter was arrested for murder on White Collar! Where will the case stand when the show returns? — Chad
ADAM: Although Peter will be back at work at the FBI, he’ll still have to appear in court for a grand-jury hearing scheduled to decide whether to indict him. He thinks he’s doing the right thing by testifying on his own behalf, but damning new evidence might make him regret his decision.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: After seasons of being True Blood‘s damsel in distress, it’s good to see Sookie take control of her destiny — and her light. We can’t wait to see her inevitable face-off with Warlow.
Adam’s Mini Rant: I’m a longtime Big Brother viewer, but airing the houseguests’ questionable comments days after they actually happened smacks of a controversy-fueled ratings grab.
I know it’s still early, but do you have any scoop on The Vampire Diaries yet? —Miguel
NATALIE: Sorry, Forwood fans: Even though Klaus decamped for New Orleans, Tyler still may not have a shot at a reunion with Caroline, who’s quite popular with one particular guy at college. One problem: He’s not a fan of fangs — for a very good reason.
I need some Criminal Minds scoop! — Lily
ADAM: If you didn’t like Reid dating last season, don’t worry — he’ll remain single and not mingling for the foreseeable future. “He feels like he’s still with Maeve and that would feel like a betrayal to Maeve, so we’re not going to go there this year,” showrunner Erica Messer says. Also staying single? Rossi, who lost his hookup buddy Strauss. “But I wouldn’t rule out meeting another one of his wives,” Messer teases.
Dexter‘s Dr. Vogel is totally the Brain Surgeon, right? — Sarah
NATALIE: Maybe. But it seems strange that she would then volunteer to help Miami Metro hunt down the killer, right? It’ll pretty quickly get stranger when Dr. Vogel becomes a target of the Brain Surgeon. I still think Vogel is culpable, but of what? A source tells me it’s complicated.
I can’t wait for Nashville to return! Any scoop about Juliette? — Emily
ADAM: The starlet had a rough first season, culminating in her mother’s death, and it doesn’t look like things will get any easier next season. “I don’t know if we’ll ever see a time when she’s not screwing up something for herself,” creator Callie Khouri tells us, specifically citing her love life. “Having to fend for herself all the time, she has some serious trust issues.”
What’s Ben’s deal on True Blood? He’s obviously hiding something. — James
NATALIE: We’ll find out why he’s really in Bon Temps this week — and it’s not good. But Rob Kazinsky swears that deep down, Ben is a good guy. “Everything he says in the first few episodes are not lies,” he says. “He has a real genuine fascination, adoration and love for Sookie.”
Is it too early to ask about the new season of Blue Bloods? — Chris
ADAM: Another season, another new partner for Jamie. This time it’s Eddie, a rookie whom Jamie is shocked to learn is a woman. (Eddie is short for Edyta.) They both come from a family of cops, but they see the job very differently. In fact, their first squabble will come when they are forced to choose whether to protect a cop killer from some angry officers or let him “get what he deserves.”
Does Julia now suspect Barbie of killing her husband on Under the Dome? — Charlie
NATALIE: Not yet, but that doesn’t mean that forbidden love will bloom between the killer and his victim’s wife. Instead, another woman will threaten to reveal the truth to an already suspicious Julia. “Julia’s a journalist and she’ll start digging in many ways next week,” executive producer Neal Baer says. (Get it?)
I like Ray Donovan, but what’s the deal with Ray and his wife? — Justin
ADAM: “The person who cleans up for people is not the person they want sitting at their dinner table,” executive producer Ann Biderman says. “Ray’s the help. He knows that and Abby doesn’t, and that’s a source of conflict.” Look for Mickey to take advantage of Abby’s frustration to get closer to Ray.
Have any scoop on the Defiance finale? —Jessica
NATALIE: The Grim Reaper will be paying a visit! At least two major characters will face death. A loved one’s sacrifice will save one of them. For the other, there’s definitely love lost.
Is Manolo Cardona‘s character the new Big Bad on Covert Affairs? — Elena
ADAM: Not exactly. Cardona’s Teo Braga, a rebel leader in Colombia where the season premiere takes place, is involved in some suspicious dealings, but there’s more to him than meets the eye. Speaking of “meets,” while we’re just meeting Teo for the first time, he actually has quite a history with the DPD.
I hear Chef Jeff is returning to Switched at Birth! —Kate
NATALIE: Justin Bruening will return, but don’t expect (or fear) a reunion with Daphne. “Jeff comes in to throw a wrench into Daphne and Jace’s relationship, but maybe not in the way you might expect,” Katie LeClerc says. “He’s only back for one episode just to mix things up a bit. She’s not running away with him or anything!”
I really like Shelby on Royal Pains! Will there be any sparks between her and Hank? — Marc
ADAM: Love will be in the Hamptons air, but not between Shelby and Hank. While she takes a shine to frequent HankMed patient Ken Keller, Hank will also find a new love: pain killers! Talk about a dependent relationship!
Natalie’s Mega Rave: After all the heartbreak that April has been through on Mistresses, it’s about time that the girl got some hot sex with a hot man — in her store, no less!
Adam’s Mini Rant: Ugh, just let Angel open his restaurant already. As we head into the homestretch, it’s increasingly clear that Dexter‘s supporting characters are just filler.
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Is it fall yet? I need to know what happens between Rayna and Deacon on Nashville! — Michelle
ADAM: They’ll make it out of their finale car accident with only bumps and bruises, but the emotional injuries will be far more serious. “They are never going to have [a] smooth-sailing relationship,” creator Callie Khouri tells us, pointing to Deacon’s discovery that he’s Maddie’s father. “[Season 2] is not going to look like Father Knows Best. I don’t think Deacon ever thought of himself as father material. We’ll see him grapple with… whether or not he’s right.” Worse, given Deacon’s dangerous bender, Rayna will feel even more justified in her decision to lie. “She was kind of right not to tell him,” Khouri says. “He couldn’t handle it.”
OMG! Are all our favorite vampires going to die on True Blood?! — Harold
NATALIE: Bill’s prophecy looked pretty damn scary, right? Kristin Bauer van Straten certainly thought so, saying it made her worry about her job security. But she says that there will be many twists and turns before that scary scene could come true. “A couple of the different worlds are overlapping,” she says. “Vampires aren’t the only ones in danger and aren’t the only ones fighting, and we’re not really going to know who’s on what side.” Who else is hoping a naked Alcide saves the day? No? Liar!
I still don’t get why Callen & Co. trusted The Chameleon in the NCIS: LA finale. Didn’t they know he might betray them? — Justin
ADAM: Executive producer Shane Brennan acknowledges that sending The Chameleon to negotiate with Sidorov about the nuclear weapons was a calculated risk. “Give him an inch, and he will take everything that you possess — they were aware of that,” he says. “But there was only one person who could pull this off. It was something they had to do.” Either way, Callen won’t take the betrayal lightly. “Callen knows that there will be a final confrontation, and only one of them will walk away,” Brennan teases. Gee, I wonder who?
Got any Dexter scoop on Deb? — Samantha
NATALIE: With the Season 8 premiere picking up six months after LaGuerta’s death, Deb will no longer work for Miami Metro. Instead, she’ll be employed by Sean Patrick Flannery’s private firm. But for those hoping to see her wear the badge again, executive producer Sara Colleton offers some hope: “If she feels that she has recovered enough, I think that’s something she would probably love to do, but she has to feel purified before she can really return,” she says. Unfortunately, she’ll take drastic steps to purify herself very early on in the season.
Please tell me that The Newsroom will follow up on that kiss between Maggie and Jim. — Tara
ADAM: Well, sort of. When Season 2 begins, Maggie and Don are still a couple prone to workplace PDA, which motivates Jim to trade the newsroom for the relatively less maddening locale of the Romney campaign bus. By the end of the first episode, however, Maggie and Don are Splitsville and you’ll be wondering: What did she do to her hair?
Loving Under the Dome! Got any scoop on Natalie Zea’s character? — Jones
NATALIE: Fans of the Stephen King novel will be just as in the dark as viewers since it’s a brand-new character, but I can reveal that she’ll have a connection to Big Jim and the mystery behind the propane. But in a surprising twist, she’ll also know another main character who’s trapped under the dome — and likely in the Biblical sense. Suffice it to say, she’s downright dastardly.
The Hannibal finale was awesome! But how much does Dr. Du Maurier know about her cannibalistic client? — Ethan
ADAM: Not as much as her carefully worded sessions with Hannibal would lead you to believe. “She doesn’t know any more than the other characters,” executive producer Bryan Fuller says. But that will change. “She’s starting to suspect,” Fuller says. “She’s a very insightful lady, and she’s seen enough in the past few episodes to realize that there is much more going on here than Hannibal is letting on. [We'll] see her conduct her own investigation.”
Will Tom and Pope make it back to Charleston alive on Falling Skies? — Daryl
NATALIE: It won’t be an easy trek following the plane crash. On Sunday’s episode, they’ll take turns saving each other before they take turns trying to kill each other! Ultimately, Pope will make a surprising decision that could put them both in danger.
I really like USA’s Graceland so far. Got any scoop? — Jill
ADAM: If you think going under cover has come a bit too easy for Mike, wait until you see Thursday’s episode, when he has to deal with the Nigerian drug dealer who he and Briggs have been trying to bust. Mike will have to mix it up with Bello and his thugs… all by himself. That becomes particularly tricky when Bello’s right-hand man Eddie fingers Mike as a Fed.
Obsessed with Devious Maids. Will Marisol get closer to freeing her son? — Alyssa
NATALIE: Marisol will come thisclose to scoring a job with the Powells on her day off, but Taylor refuses to give her up. Of course, Adrian will use his powers of persuasion — aka blackmail — to secure Marisol. But will she be able to find Flora’s last letter at the house?
Are we ever going to learn more about Nolan’s backstory on Defiance? —Jamarcus
ADAM: You bet! On Monday’s penultimate episode, Nolan’s penchant to shoot first and ask questions later will come back to bite him. After one such shootout, Datak will call attention to Nolan’s actions against the Votans during the war. “We learn that he may have been a part of some pretty nasty guerrilla warfare,” Grant Bowler says. “The whole town is basically afraid of him after.” Well, everyone except Amanda, who stands by him — an action that Datak will use in his quest to take her mayoral seat.
What can you say about the Switched at Birth “What if?” episode? —Lana
NATALIE: Well, almost everything would be different had the switch been discovered when Regina first found out — and not for the better. There would’ve been cheating, lying, and even death. The one thing to remain the same? One of the girls would’ve ended up with the same guy in her life.
Adam’s Mega Rave: Sure, Don Draper got to have his chocolate-covered emotional confession on the Mad Men finale, but I’m calling Vincent Kartheiser the Season 6 MVP. (Sorry, you just can’t compete with this.)
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Having to wait until late October for the return of The Carrie Diaries made me wonder: Will young Samantha Jones be a Halloween trick or treat?
So what the heck is going on with Bill on True Blood? — Jonah
NATALIE: That’s what he’ll be trying to figure out over the next few episodes, much to Jessica’s chagrin. As Bill tests the boundaries of his newfound powers, he’ll have some disastrous results. “Jess is terrified,” Deborah Ann Woll tells us, “absolutely out-of-her-mind terrified. He’s the last tether for her. She doesn’t have Hoyt. She doesn’t have Jason anymore. It’s really scary to think that the one person she used to rely on is in this internal battle.”
What’s going to happen on the Mad Men finale? Is Pete going to rat out Bob Benson? — Jason
ADAM: As we saw in the penultimate episode, Pete has learned from his dealings with Don. “This time [he's] going to go slower,” Vincent Kartheiser says. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to rat him out; he’s just going to be a lot more strategic about it. After all, Bob claims that Pete hired him, and we all know that Mr. Campbell’s middle name is Self-Preservation.
Thanks for the Once Upon a Time scoop! Got anything on those left behind in Storybrooke or Neal? — Monica
NATALIE: How about both? “Fear not, the characters left behind in Storybrooke are not forgotten and what’s happening to them is important,” executive producer Adam Horowitz promises. “Hopefully all the story lines will coalesce in a way the audience will enjoy.” Among them is the fate of Neal, who landed back in fairy-tale land. Unfortunately, though, “Emma is on that ship believing Neal is dead and then there’s Neal, who just said, ‘I love you,'” executive producer Edward Kitsis laments. Anyone else thinking Emma may find solace in Hook’s, um, arms?
You hinted before that Olivia might be up for a promotion on SVU next season. Would that take her out of the field? — Valerie
ADAM: It’s unlikely. Although there’s been no official word on whether Benson will, in fact, get a title bump at the precinct, there are no plans to put Benson behind a desk. “Even if she were [promoted], in my mind she would be a player-coach,” executive producer Warren Leight says. “You don’t want to limit her emotional range.”
Is Deb really over her feelings for her brother on Dexter? — Brad
NATALIE: She’ll be too busy dealing with her PTSD stemming from LaGuerta’s death to even consider some more brother-loving. Seriously, she really hates him right now. Instead, she’ll turn to Quinn in her time of need, which will really piss off Jamie. Hottest catfight ever, right?
I just watched the Ray Donovan pilot online. Anything else you can tell me about the series? — David
ADAM: The murder that Mickey (Jon Voight) commits in the pilot’s opening minutes will be crucial in helping Hollywood “fixer” Ray (Liev Schreiber) keep his father away from his family. Unfortunately, Ray’s attempts to send his father back to prison may be thwarted: It seems that Mickey has unwittingly made a friend who’s even better connected than Ray.
Really excited for Under the Dome. Any chance you can give us a little tease? — Laura
NATALIE: If you’ve read anything about CBS’ new summer drama, then you’ll know that Secret Circle alum Britt Robertson is playing Angie, who isn’t long for the world in the Stephen King novel on which the series is based. But in a nice twist from the book, she’ll be sticking around for quite a while — she’ll just be in a somewhat familiar position that could make some UtD viewers feel claustrophobic. Ruh-roh.
I loved Michael and Fi’s flashback on Burn Notice last week! Will there be more? — Britney
ADAM: Yes! But not with Fi. In an upcoming episode, Michael will endure some actual (not emotional) torture, during which he’ll flash-back to his childhood, in a particular unusual manner. “The adult Michael is actually in those flashbacks with the child Michael, so he’s seeing himself as a little boy,” Jeffrey Donovan tells us. “He’s hallucinating and it’s crazy!”
What’s coming up on Wilfred this season? — Georgie
NATALIE: For those of you still mourning the loss of Happy Endings, do not miss the hilarious season premiere, in which Zachary Knighton plays Ryan’s mailman. Naturally, this makes him the sworn enemy of Wilfred, who has mysteriously found faith in this episode after Jesus — aka a grubby-looking thief — robs Ryan’s car.
The promo for the Hannibal finale shows Will being arrested. Is that for real? — Susan
ADAM: Yep. Let’s just say that Hannibal made a very compelling case against Will to Jack Crawford in the penultimate episode, and Will doesn’t do much in the way of making himself look very innocent. Case in point: Wait until you see (or should we say, hear) what’s in Will’s kitchen sink.
More Longmire scoop, please! — Dylan
NATALIE: With Walt and Branch’s campaign posters plastered all over town, you would think it would be difficult for Branch to go undercover, right? Well, yeah, you’re right. That won’t work out too well for him when they’re investigating a murder at a rodeo — but really, things aren’t working out for Branch on many fronts, especially when it comes to Cady.
Can you please tell me what’s in the file Henry gave Annie on Covert Affairs? — Lisa
ADAM: Of course not! But we can tell you that it’s about not one, but two people you know very well, one of whom will make a drastic move by the end of the episode after another secret gets out. Gulp!
Adam’s Mega Rave: Showtime’s Ray Donovan is going to be my summer obsession. It’s written by Southland creator Ann Biderman and has an excellent cast, but you should watch it just to hear Jon Voight say, “You girls know how to twerk?” You can thank me later.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: What a bloody mess! Dexter and True Blood are both on Sundays at 9?! I can’t decide which to watch live
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NATALIE: As if Dexter hasn’t made Deb’s life complicated enough, he’ll do something in the season premiere that he believes to be noble, but will lead Deb to repeat a past mistake — and that’s very bad. As a result, don’t be surprised when these close siblings become adversaries.
Deeks and Kensi: What happens after the kiss on NCIS: Los Angeles? — Moni, via Twitter
ADAM: Well, you’re assuming that Deeks makes it out of Sidorov’s torture trap alive. (Just kidding, that’s a pretty safe bet.) But executive producer Shane Brennan cautions viewers not to to make too much of the liplock. “It wasn’t a candlelit dinner,” he says. “It was almost a challenge that he threw down to her. I think it surprised both of them.” But Deeks may feel differently about the kiss after his brush with death.
Any scoop on Haley and Klaus’ future on The Originals? I need my Klaroline! — Liz
NATALIE: Yes, Haley and Klaus are having a vamp/hybrid/were-baby together, but their connection pretty much ends there. “Hayley is, by no means, the Cinderella in the Klaus love story,” executive producer Julie Plec says. “Hayley is a girl who’s pretty tough, fiery, an independent spirit, a survivor in her own right who got drunk, had sex and got knocked up. She’s going to have her own journey. She’s not really meant to be a threat to Klaus’ love life. If anything, she’s the portal into his redemption.”
Will anyone know the truth about Dr. Lecter by the end of Hannibal‘s first season? — Chris
ADAM: Well, what do you make of this? Abigail Hobbs, who knows more of Hannibal’s secrets than anyone, returns in this week’s penultimate episode. “She [still] doesn’t know that he’s a murderer,” executive producer Bryan Fuller points out. “We see all [his] movements in shadow, but we’ve been very careful about what we expose other characters to.” But it sounds like that will change. “He never really acknowledges [what he is] to another character until very, very late in the season.”
Do you have any scoop on the “home office” on Once Upon a Time? — Jennie
NATALIE: The home office wanted to destroy magic in our world, but that doesn’t mean that Peter Pan isn’t part of it. Speaking of the mysterious organization, executive producer Adam Horowitz promises pay-off. “We’re going to explain pretty quickly what it is and how, as we showed in the finale, Greg and Tamara were unwittingly working for Peter Pan, and how that all connects.” It was curious that they were so against magic, right?
I need some Rizzoli & Isles scoop! — Andrea
ADAM: As the murder trial of Maura’s mob boss dad Paddy Doyle (John Doman) draws near, Maura finds out that her birth mom Hope (Sharon Lawrence), contrary to her previous claims, might have been in contact with Paddy while he was doing his dirty dealings. How does she find out? With some unwitting help from her half-sis Cailin (Emilee Wallace).
Now that Jack knows Emily’s real identity on Revenge, will they finally get together? — Robert
NATALIE: Not so fast. We asked (OK, begged) Nick Wechsler about the possibility. “I don’t think they will have them get together romantically, and if it happens, it’ll be further into the season,” he says. Instead, expect Jack to focus on his own plan for revenge. “This poor [guy] lost his dad, his dog, his wife, now his brother … it’s going to be the fire under his vengeful a–.”
Do you have any early scoop on the next season of CSI? — Derrick
ADAM: Just this heaven-sent tidbit: Former Charlie’s Angels star Jaclyn Smith will reprise her role as Hodges’ mother in an early Season 14 episode. Mama Hodges, who was last seen flirting with Conrad Ecklie in the Season 12 finale, will stop by to give her son some advice when talk of his wedding to Elisabetta resurfaces. Is it just me, or is Hodges’ mom a little too involved in his love life?
Very excited for Anna Camp’s return on True Blood. Got any scoop? — Michael
NATALIE: When we see Sarah Newlin again, it will be in a very familiar position — she still believes that God hates fangs. But she’s redoubled her efforts, which will spell bad news for her reunion with former hubby (and current vamp) Steve.
What’s up with Ali’s mom returning in the Pretty Little Liars premiere? — Jennie
ADAM: She’s a woman of secrets, that’s for sure. Executive producer Marlene King says that her return to Rosewood will spark even more debate amongst the girls about whether they really did see Alison during the fire last season. “She [was] redoing Alison’s room,” King notes. “Is she crazy or [is she] getting ready for Ali to come back?”
Do you have any scoop on Longmire? — Joe
NATALIE: The race between Walt and Branch is heating up. Look for Cady to stump them both during a debate in which Branch definitely has the upper hand. But there will also be a more tangible test of their mettle: When gunshots ring out during the event, which candidate will come to the rescue?
What’s going on with Mike and Rachel on Suits? — Linda
ADAM: Rachel still needs time to process his lie. In the meantime, look for Mike to have nightmares in which she exposes him. While those fears remain unfounded (for now), Rachel does give Mike an equally scary ultimatum: quit or suffer the consequences.
Adam’s Mega Rave: I’m thrilled that Michael Cudlitz is getting some awards love for his riveting Southland performance. Take note, Emmy voters.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Another guy ended up on The Bachelorette with a girlfriend at home?! You’d think a show about falling in love would make absolutely sure that this wouldn’t happen… again.
Please tell me you have some Pam-and-Tara scoop for True Blood? — Lila
NATALIE: The state of Louisiana will declare war on vampires, so there won’t be any time for Tara and Pam to braid each others’ hair and talk about their feelings about their hot kiss in the finale. However, their relationship will deepen as a result of two shocking events: 1) Pam will find out (for the first time) who Nora really is to Eric and 2) Tara will become Victim No. 1 to a frighteningly powerful new weapon that the police has devised to combat vampires. These are no mere wooden bullets!
What can you tell me about the new season of Unforgettable? — Maggie
ADAM: We know that the cast will look very different this season, but forget about (see what I did there?) Carrie getting off on the right foot with her new colleagues. For starters, Murray (Heroes‘ Tawny Cypress), a highly decorated former FBI agent, doesn’t quite understand (or appreciate) Carrie’s gift, and Carrie’s by-the-book new boss Eliot (The Good Wife and The Walking Dead‘s Dallas Roberts) won’t be thrilled when she proposes going undercover because of her resemblance to a suspect.
Totally digging Mistresses! How will Savi deal with the fallout from sleeping with Dominic? — Nikki
NATALIE: Suffice it to say that she won’t be keen on continuing the fling. “There’s nothing that she enjoys about it,” Alyssa Milano says. “It becomes darker and darker by the episode for her.” Unfortunately, her one-night stand will have unforeseen consequences that are even worse than the possibility of her husband finding out.
Please tell me Michael and Fiona will get their happy ending on Burn Notice. — Wendy
ADAM: Since Fiona has a new beau, it would be a bit premature to guarantee that she and Michael will have a happily-ever-after. But don’t fret, ‘shippers: You’ll get your fix of lovey-dovey time — and then some! — in the show’s 100th episode, which flashes-back to the couple’s first meeting in Ireland. The landmark hour will shed new light on Michael and Fiona’s roller-coaster relationship. Plus: Who doesn’t want to hear pillow talk with Irish accents?
Got any scoop on Falling Skies? — Alex
NATALIE: There’s a chance that the 2nd Mass could strike a fierce blow against the Espheni when they find a particularly high-value target, but taking it out could also leave the whole state uninhabitable. But Tom and Anne will have more important things to deal with as their baby arrives — and he/she is not exactly what they planned for.
I’m getting excited for the new season of The Newsroom. What can you tell me about it? — Jake
ADAM: Some viewers (myself included) winced at the end of Season 1 when Sloan hinted to Don that she’d had a crush on him for a while. (That Don-Maggie-Jim triangle didn’t need to get any messier.) While the new season will certainly play with the chemistry between Don and Sloan, it might not necessarily be as romantic as you’d think. “You can have a crush on somebody, and it doesn’t mean they’re the love of your life,” Olivia Munn tells us. “He shut her down completely. When somebody tells you they don’t want to be with you… you see them differently forever.”
I’m so excited that Switched at Birth is returning. Any scoop? — Sarah
NATALIE: Hold on for some major change! First up, Regina, Bay and Angelo will all be living under the same roof. But don’t expect a rekindling just yet. “That’s such a complex relationship and he paid for my rehab, so there’s a budding relationship, but he’s focused on [finding Lana],” Constance Marie tells me. One thing to look forward to? “All you Dancing with the Stars fans, Gilles [Marini] is going to be dancing in an episode!” Vanessa Marano adds.
Enough about Castle and Beckett’s engagement! Will the new season of Castle be good to Lanie-Esposito fans? — Jessica
ADAM: All signs point to yes. “We’re going to see more ‘Esplanie’ because the Twitter fans have gone ballistic,” Tamala Jones says with a laugh. “[Creator Andrew W. Marlowe has found] a very intelligent way to execute what the fans want to see with what he already has in store.” Bonus: Jones says that, not unlike the spotlight episodes given to Ryan and Esposito last season, Marlowe is cooking up a Lanie story that will explore her history.
Will Nurse Jackie be renewed for another season? — Elizabeth
NATALIE: You’d better hope so! The final moments of the season finale are not to be missed. As Jackie prepares to celebrate her first full year of sobriety, she’ll turn to a very surprising place for comfort that will open up all sorts of questions about what could possibly come next.
So glad that The Killing was brought back from the dead! Got any scoop about what’s to come for Holder? — Debbie
ADAM: If you liked Holder’s suit and tie and his more mature outlook on his police work, know this: It comes with a price. Executive producer Veena Sud says that mixing Holder’s newfound ambition with his past as an addict isn’t exactly a great cocktail. “In Season 1, he embraced the notion of a higher power [and] he was doing everything that he needed to do to keep his sobriety,” Sud says. “This season, he’s kind of gone back on it. He is self-propelled. He’s definitely not a believer in sitting in a church basement listening to anybody’s idea of God. That is going to affect him deeply.”
Hoping you’ll have some Awkward scoop! — Micah
NATALIE: Some harsh truths will come out in next week’s midseason finale that could put Jenna and Matty’s relationship on the line — and push Jenna further into Colin’s orbit. But they won’t be the only ones facing relationship troubles after Tamara takes Sadie’s place. Seriously.
Will Ryan discover who or what Wilfred is this season? — Cameron
NATALIE: Wilfred himself will have an idea about who he really is — specifically, that he’s a magical being who can’t be harmed. Don’t worry, he’ll quickly and hilariously be disabused of this notion. But the duo will take a trip in the premiere that will have you seeing double — literally.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: I’m way late on the Orphan Black bandwagon, but give Tatiana Maslany all the Emmys — one for every uniquely awesome clone portrayal.
Adam’s Mini Rant: I’m giving The Killing‘s new season the benefit of the doubt, but seriously, turn off the rain machine. The metaphor has grown officially tiresome.
I can’t wait for True Blood to return! Please tell me you have some scoop! — Andre
NATALIE: To sum up the show’s return: Blood. Death. Blood. Repeat. (But that second death won’t stick.) More specifically, remember last season when Sookie and Jason discovered that someone named Warlow killed their parents? Well, suffice it to say that finding and destroying him will be at the narrative fore. What will surprise you, though, is Warlow’s connection to Bill’s occupation of/transformation into/death by Lillith. Nora is going to have to brush up on her vampire Bible, tout suite.
If Criminal Minds won’t “repeat The Replicator” story line in Season 9, what are they going to do? — Emily
ADAM: You might see some blasts from the past! Besides smaller arcs — á la The Reaper — showrunner Erica Messer wants to bring back a few old faces and maybe close some open cases. “I’d like to see old unsubs, like we did in [Season 5's] ‘Outfoxed,’ but do it differently,” she says. “That might be a world we’ll explore this year — people we’ve hunted in the past. We also have a few unsubs still at large. … Maybe we’ll finally catch them too.”
What can you tell me about the new season of The Killing? — Janet
ADAM: Well, there’s this girl named Rosie Larsen… kidding! The new season, which takes place a year later, finds Holder investigating the death of a prostitute whose killer took her rings and broke her finger — details eerily similar to one of now-retired Linden’s old cases. Although she tries to ignore the connection at first, it isn’t long before Linden is back in action (she fires her weapon in the very first episode!) and questioning Ray Seward (Peter Sarsgaard), the man now 30 days from being executed for the murder of his wife. Although he surprisingly maintains he is guilty of the crime, the grisly final shot of the premiere suggests that the real killer has been far more active than Ray’s prison sentence would allow.
Only two episodes of Game of Thrones left this season! Give me some scoop or I’m going to weep manly tears into my ale! — Jorge
NATALIE: Get ready to make love and war with a new colorful yet charismatic warrior, as the producers are looking to cast Oberyn in Season 4. This highly skilled and cultured man with a vendetta will run afoul of at least one of the Lannisters, while cultivating another to his side. But will his bloodlust overshadow his lust for a string of diverse lovers? Let’s just hope he doesn’t peak too soon!
What’s Jane’s history with the new guy on Rizzoli & Isles? — Rebecca
ADAM: You won’t have to wait very long to find out. All will be explained via flashback in the new season’s second episode, when Lt. Det. Rafael Martinez (Amaury Nolasco), the new head of the Boston PD drug unit, arrives. The case-of-the-week involves the drowning of Martinez’s confidential informant. The ordeal brings back painful memories of a case Jane was involved in nearly a decade earlier. Let’s just say she clearly understands what Martinez is going through.
How does Wonderland fit into the world of Once Upon a Time? — Betty
NATALIE: Let us take a look back to what executive producer Edward Kitsis told reporters before the show was picked up to series: “Wonderland takes place post-curse, so the pilot actually starts when magic comes and the Wraith happens.” Note the Wraith, because that’s very important to where the spin-off actually picks up, with fans seeing a different character’s point of view that won’t make you angry. Also look for the spin-off to feature other lands in a mash-up style similar to Once that may make you question who a past character really was.
I’m loving Hannibal. Got any teases about what’s coming? — Kyle
ADAM: Will’s increasingly erratic behavior will hit its breaking point on Thursday’s episode, when even his teammates begin to question him. But it’s not just the murders Jack Crawford is asking Will to investigate that are getting to the gumshoe. “There’s a culmination of Hannibal’s manipulations,” executive producer Bryan Fuller says. “He’s taking advantage of [Will] to drive him over the edge.” Of course, Hannibal remains convinced he’s “helping” Will. “[For Hannibal,] it’s a form of therapy to free [Will] from his neuroses and his personality disorders — to break him down and reshape him, perhaps in something closer to his own image,” Fuller teases. “Hannibal’s radical therapy on one level works very well, and Hannibal gets what he wanted.”
How is Agent Coulson alive in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? — Matt
NATALIE: “He’s a Skrull,” Clark Gregg jokes. (Don’t worry, he’s not really a Skrull!) But Gregg promises the reveal will be realistic and won’t undermine the integrity of The Avengers. In my very humble comic-book-nerd opinion, I would put money on Coulson being a Life Model Decoy. (#CoulsonLivesLMD. Tweet it now before everyone does come September.)
Got any more information about Nadine Velazquez’s character on Major Crimes? — Alex
ADAM: Don’t be fooled by the former My Name Is Earl star’s first scene as Emma Rios, the new deputy D.A. assigned to prosecute the Philip Stroh case. Although she almost faints at the sight (and smell) of a dead body in the morgue, she’s no shrinking violet. In fact, when Emma learns that her case might be threatened because Rusty, her best witness against Stroh, is living under Capt. Raydor’s roof, Emma and Raydor have quite the verbal showdown about removing Rusty from the home. We won’t spoil who wins the first battle, but you should count on a season-long war.
Do you have any scoop on the Chicago Fire spin-off? — Adrian
NATALIE: Even though Peter Mills picked up an application for the police department in the season finale, that does not mean Charlie Barnett is heading to Chicago PD. A source says that while it’s obviously a possibility, nothing has been set in stone yet. Would you rather see young Peter Mills on Fire or PD? Hit the comments!
What’s next on White Collar after Peter’s arrest? — Maria
ADAM: Surprisingly, It doesn’t take long for Peter to get back into the FBI’s good graces, and once he does, he looks into starting a new joint task force with the NYPD for large-scale busts. In the meantime, Peter and Neal will fall into their old routine quickly. In fact, before you know it, Neal will be posing as a butler for an affluent family Elizabeth knew way back when so that he can investigate the rebellious eldest son. Call me crazy, but I’m not so sure that Neal will be very good at taking orders.
Do you know if Thea or Roy will become Speedy on Arrow? — Zach
NATALIE: Even though DC Comics fans have always suspected that Roy would go on to become Oliver’s sidekick Speedy, the Season 1 finale seemed to indicate that he might skip over that and go on to become Red Arrow or Arsenal. (He is always wearing that red hoodie!) “One of the fun elements is what I call the comic book destinies for each of the characters and seeing how much they’ll follow those destinies and how much they’ll deviate,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says of Roy’s future. “As we’ve probably shown a couple times in Season 1, we like to be unpredictable.”
Adam’s Mega Rave: I may be a hypocrite, but Don’s hookup with ex-wife Betty is one Mad Men affair I can get behind. Plus: Looks like it’s time to retire this.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: In an otherwise superb SVU finale, it seemed totally insane to let Benson go home without protective detail after serial rapist William (Pablo Schreiber) was released on bail.
I can’t believe I have to wait all summer for more Castle. Is there any way Beckett will turn down Castle’s proposal? — Lauren
ADAM: Depends on who you ask. Cast member Tamala Jones thinks that Beckett’s desire for career advancement in Washington, D.C., could outweigh her feelings for Castle. “Beckett is a strong woman, and she’s not going to forget who she is,” she says. “So she may say no — or not right now.” Susan Sullivan, who plays Castle’s mother, has a different take. “What woman in her right mind would say no to him?” she says. “Therein would lie the problem: I may actually have to move out. Yikes!”
Do you have any scoop on Laurel and Oliver next season on Arrow? —Jim
NATALIE: Here’s some Laurel scoop from executive producer Marc Guggenheim that may involve Oliver: “Because her building has been destroyed, Laurel is looking for a new job and she will not be returning to CNRI next year,” he says. “She’ll have a new job and a new mission and I’ll leave it to people to speculate for the next three months as to what that mission could be.”
What will the dynamic be like between Michael and Fiona when Burn Notice returns for its final season? — Nancy
ADAM: Put it this way: If those two are going to reunite before the end of the series, they have a lot of emotional and physical distance to overcome. When the series returns, nine months have passed and Michael is now an alcoholic loner working undercover on an eight-year-long mission in the Dominican Republic. Although Michael has cut his mom and friends out of his life and Fiona now has a new business partner/boyfriend, look for the gang to reunite sooner than expected when a bad guy in Miami threatens to blow up Michael’s entire mission — and with it, his friends’ immunity deals — permanently.
Please tell me Callie and Arizona are going to be OK on Grey’s Anatomy! —Jenna
NATALIE: Not sure I can do that, Jenna. Executive producer Shonda Rhimes asks fans to ponder what Callie’s next move will be in light of that revealing argument, which showed Arizona’s true feelings. “Now Callie isn’t a victim, she’s never really been a victim and she’s been cheated on before with George,” she says. “So how she’s going to take this and what she’s going to do next is going to be the bigger issue. How Arizona is going to figure out what [her infidelity] means is going to be interesting.”
Please tell me SVU isn’t killing off Benson in the finale! — Ryan
ADAM: Although her life will very much be in jeopardy (and Mariska Hargitay has yet to sign a contract for next season) executive producer Warren Leight hints that Detective Benson will experience some transition next year. “Her character is due to evolve. It’s time for her to imagine what it would be like to live her own life,” he says. “[After] 14 years as an SVU detective, some change is going to start to come.” Is a promotion in the offing?
Will we see a lot of Elena and Katherine facing off on The Vampire Diaries next season? —Marie
NATALIE: Maybe not facing off, but perhaps switching off? “One thing we’re looking forward to so much next season is Elena on her own as a vampire and living her new life in college,” executive producer Julie Plec explains. “And to see a vulnerable Katherine, who is able to be hurt and able to be killed and in need of the protection much like the first Elena we met four years ago.” Oh, and get this — she says it’ll be fun.
What’s going to happen to Vincent next season on Beauty and the Beast? — Lara
ADAM: Now that Vincent has been captured, clearly he’s going to need someone to rescue him. But however that turns out, Jay Ryan has some other wishes for Season 2: “I’d like him to find his mother and some of his platoon, if they are still alive, and give him a sense of community he could bring to his relationship with Catherine,” he says. Speaking of family, Ryan says that the introduction of Catherine’s biological father in the finale will create some major obstacles for he and Catherine. How major? “[He] could break them up,” Ryan warns.
What’s going to happen to Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time? —Lauren
NATALIE: Just because most of the ABC’s fairy-tale drama’s main characters went through a portal to Neverland does not mean we won’t be seeing Storybrooke next season. In fact, Emilie de Ravin, whose Belle has been left in charge of the town, confirms that she’ll continue to be a series regular in Season 3. The Lost alum also notes that even though Belle’s memories are all intact, it doesn’t mean she’ll write Mr. Gold off for his actions while she was Lacey. “She was going along with it though, so therefore you can’t blame him if you’re the one saying, ‘Kick that guy’s a–,” she says, noting that Belle will be devastated about his absence when the show returns. “But also she’ll gain her strength back and she’ll have to if she’s going to protect an entire town.”
Since Harvey will have a British counterpart on Suits, will we see anyone else’s? — DeAnna
ADAM: At the moment, no. “As far as I know, there’s no British Donna… yet,” Sarah Rafferty tells us. “But I kind of hope they add one because that’d be fun to see their interaction and her relationship with [British Harvey].” As for our Donna and Harvey’s relationship, we’ll get a deeper look at that when the show flashes-back 10 years. “We did a five-year flashback last season and now we go back even further and you’ll see the origins of their relationship, and how Harvey became who he is,” Rafferty says.
Will Emily and Jack team up next season on Revenge? —Jeremy
NATALIE: In the wake of Declan’s death and Emily’s reveal that she’s actually Amanda, Jack will have a hard time trusting anyone next season. “I think he’s going to be hurt and not trust her,” Nick Wechsler says. “She’s got to earn his trust back. If he does team up with her, it’s only because they have a common enemy, not because she’s out of the doghouse.”
So what’s happening with Divya and Rafa on Royal Pains after their shotgun wedding in Vegas? — Beth
ADAM: Sadly, after deciding to annul the wedding, Divya and Rafa’s relationship is pretty much kaput when the show returns. But Paige is eager to help Divya move on, and she even sets her up with one of her handsome, intelligent co-workers . However, there’s a specific reason that Divya isn’t overly eager about jumping back into the dating pool. Let’s just say that annulments can’t void all contracts.
I’m so excited for Switched at Birth to come back. What can you tell us? —Josephine
NATALIE: This season will feature a “what if?” episode that explores all the characters’ lives had Regina told everyone about the switch when she first figured it out so many years ago. “In the first season, Regina had a bad rap for keeping the secret for so long and had that cloud over her, so [in this episode] Regina finally has a good reputation,” Constance Marie says. The episode will play with physical changes for both Bay and Daphne, a relationship change for John and Kathryn, and for the first time viewers will see Daphne, Bay and Toby as babies!
Natalie’s Mega Rave: Who knew simply speaking to a woman could be so emotional? Kunal Nayyar was brilliant in The Big Bang Theory finale, as Raj leaned on Penny for comfort after his breakup with Lucy before they both realized he had not, in fact, drank any alcohol before speaking with her. Leave it to BBT to come up with a new kind of game-changer.
Adam’s Mini Rant: At least last year’s X Factor had the “OMG Britney!” wow factor. With the new ho-hum panel, Fox should just cut its losses and premiere its midseason dramas in the fall.
Got any scoop about Callie and Arizona for the Grey’s Anatomy finale? — Sam
NATALIE: When the dreaded “talk” does happen, a topic that’s been on the back burner all season will come to the forefront in a major way that just may break your heart — and answer a few questions.
Any last bits of scoop on the Hawaii Five-0 finale? — Jessica
ADAM: Like last year, the finale will explore all of the team members’ personal issues separately. “We’re going to touch on some questions we’ve had for a while,” executive producer Peter Lenkov says. “Is there more going on between Wo Fat and Doris than we know? What happened the night Michael Noshimuri took Kono’s gun? … [These] are issues that need resolutions. Some of our characters are going to have to make tough choices.” How tough? By the finale’s end, somebody will likely be dead. “The English translation of our finale title is “farewell and take care. You can take want you want from that,” Lenkov teases.
I can’t believe Irene Adler is alive! Got any scoop on the Elementary finale? —Anne
NATALIE: If you’re thinking that the reunion between Sherlock and Irene will be a wholly joyous one, think again. Sherlock will make a surprising, uncharacteristic decision about Irene’s captor.
In just how much danger is Benson during the SVU finale? — Nina
ADAM: How dangerous is it to be targeted by a guy nicknamed “The Beast”? “It’s always good to have a character who is pure evil,” executive producer Warren Leight teases. “This is one of these guys who walks through life doing horrible, horrible things. It’s an inevitable confrontation. … It’s going to be horrifying.” In other words, Benson better change her locks.
What’s coming up on The Vampire Diaries season finale? — Maria
NATALIE: It’s no surprise that in The Vampire Diaries finale, many of our heroes will be in mortal peril. Remember this picture? Well, the wound that Elena is tending is similar to the one that once almost killed Damon. Good thing there’s a cure lying around Mystic Falls.
Got any more details about Mark Hamill’s character on the Criminal Minds finale? He’s The Replicator, isn’t he? — Eric
ADAM: We can’t spoil that, silly. But executive producer Erica Messer did share that his character, John Curtis, is “wicked smart” with a particulary high skill set as it relates to biochemistry, which plays a big part in the episode. Come on, when’s the last time biochemistry was used for good instead of evil on TV?
Thanks for all the Modern Family scoop lately. Is there anything more you can tease about the finale? —Jane
NATALIE: It should come as no surprise that old soul Manny will take a liking to laid-back Florida, but one of his Dunphy-Pritchett relations will break the law while on vacation. And no, we’re not talking about Gloria.
What can you tell me about the Bates Motel finale? — Brad
ADAM: Norma will struggle to come up with Abernathy’s money before his deadline. So Norman will somehow come to her rescue, right? Maybe not. But Norman’s conspicuous absence won’t actually damage the too-close mother-son relationship. “They’re moving into their separate worlds, but the finale brings them back together, and they both openly reveal stuff about each other that forces them to reconnect and reassert their relationship,” Freddie Highmore tells us. “It’s like an elastic band. No matter how much you stretch [the relationship], it doesn’t snap.”
Ack! Monroe has Nora. What’s going to happen on Revolution? — Ben
NATALIE: Suffice it to say, Nora being in Monroe’s custody is not a good thing, but according to Daniella Alonso, she may use her plight to her advantage. “Even though she’s chained up and has a lot of guards on her, she does her best to try to kill him,” she says. And worry not, though we’ll see moments of weakness, Alonso assures us that there’s no way Nora will be turned to the militia’s side.
What can you tease about this beast-on-beast fight in the Beauty and the Beast finale? — Marion
ADAM: It’s not exactly a fair fight. “Now that Vincent has been taking medication his strength is weakened,” Jay Ryan tells us. “So at the beginning of the fight he doesn’t have his beast qualities and he has to refer back to his military training.” Gabe, meanwhile, is quite a scary contender. He will show us just how vicious the original beast that Muirfield created can be.
I’m so excited about the return of Falling Skies. What’s coming up? — Micah
NATALIE: When it appears that the aliens have a mole within the 2nd Mass, Tom enlists Manchester to track down him/her/it — a job that will have dangerous consequences. With a new, surprising Overlord in place, the mole’s identity will be a huge shocker.
What’s coming up on Nurse Jackie? — Brad
NATALIE: It’s not the last time we’ve seen Cruz. To everyone’s surprise — including Jackie’s — Cruz will return to the hospital this week with an interesting proposition for Jackie that may make her question her new relationship with Frank.
Adam’s Mega Rave: I’m totally down with James Spader as a Hannibal Lecter-style enigma/inmate on NBC’s fall drama The Blacklist. Unlike when he was on The Office, his creepiness is intentional.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Is it bad that I sort of hope The Mother is now dead? Sorry, How I Met Your Mother, that reveal left a bad taste in my mouth.
Will Arizona really cheat on Callie on Grey’s Anatomy?! —Alyssa
NATALIE: I hate to break it to you, but there is a very real chance. “We could present them with some really complex challenges and allow them to deal with them and see some interesting things,” executive producer Shonda Rhimes says, calling it a culmination of this season’s journey through PTSD. “I don’t know where they’re going to end up out of this, I really don’t. But I do know that all of us are really excited about it. It’s a thrilling and complex story for these characters.” Suffice it to say, have some tissues ready!
With A.J. Cook and Kirsten Vangsness possibly not coming back to Criminal Minds, are either JJ or Garcia The Replicator’s target? — Heather
ADAM: We wouldn’t put it outside the realm of possibility. Although executive producer Erica Messer won’t spill who The Replicator will kidnap, she did confirm that a “major” character will die in the finale and “not everyone will make it out unscathed.” Could the kidnapped team member also be the one who dies? “[The kidnapping] part is solved, let’s put it that way,” Messer says.
What can you tease about The Vampire Diaries finale?! — Rachel
NATALIE: We promise that tears (both happy and sad) will be shed while watching the final hour, which includes an epic declaration of love, a duo (finally!) setting off for the summer together, a major death and another character heading on a path that will leave fans screaming at their screen.
How will Glee end this season if there’s no graduation? — Lisa
ADAM: Ryder’s ongoing “catfish” story line will be resolved when he finally meets his mysterious online companion. (Our guess is Unique.) But not every story will be tied up neatly. In fact, Jacob Artist promises “lots of cliff-hangers,” including an ending that is still unknown to the cast. Artist says he and several other cast members filmed two versions after a last-minute rewrite. “I think the new one might be a little bit more like [gasp]!” he says. Guesses?
What’s coming up on The Big Bang Theory? — Darren
NATALIE: After Amy lands on the no-fly list, the girls miss out on their Vegas trip. But a game of Dungeons & Dragons turns out to be Vegas-like enough to subdue even Penny. But why is Raj missing? Oh, he has bigger dragons to slay — as you’ll see in the finale.
Any new hints about the Person of Interest finale? — Richard
ADAM: Look for another major download of answers about Finch’s past, including exactly what tragedy befell his former partner Nathan Ingram and how that moment led Finch to take up Nathan’s mantle with regards to doing the work of The Machine. But given Finch’s alleged recent betrayals of Reese, is their partnership also destined to end in flames? Also, in the race to save The Machine, expect more resolution than your traditional cliff-hanger. “At the end of this 24-hour period, someone is going to control The Machine, and the identity of that someone is something of a surprise,” creator Jonathan Nolan says. “We consider this finale the end of one chapter. Next season is a brave new world.”
Got anything on the Modern Family finale? — Merritt
NATALIE: When Gloria has to go to court for her warrant in Florida, she’ll enlist Mitchell to help her get off. He’ll end up helping out dozens of other plaintiffs at the courthouse, each of whom gets off scot free. But what about Gloria? She’ll get exactly what she deserves.
What can you tell me about the CSI finale? — Michelle
ADAM: Call it a tale of two daughters. When the team investigates a serial killer who is targeting prostitutes, both Brass and Conrad Ecklie will have reason to be concerned for their little girls. When Brass’ drug-addict daughter goes missing, he fears she’s one of the victims. Meanwhile, Ecklie will watch his daughter Morgan go undercover as a streetwalker to smoke out the killer in what executive producer Don McGill calls “the most disturbing scene we’ve done in quite a while.” The girls’ fate will play a big part in the cliff-hanger. “We wanted to threaten both relationships with a kind of jeopardy that may mean an end to either — or possibly both — daughters’ lives,” McGill says.
Please tell me you have some Moriarty scoop for Elementary! — Cathy
NATALIE: Indeed I do. Moriarty will actually enlist Sherlock to help track down a killer and in return he’ll give him an answer to a question that has plagued him for years: Why did Moriarty want Irene dead? But Sherlock is asking the wrong question. And both Holmes and the audience will be very surprised by the correct answer, which comes sooner than you think.
Got any more SVU scoop? — Justin
ADAM: Do you wish this season had two finales? Wednesday’s episode, which sees one of SVU’s own shot by a sniper, was originally intended as the season-ender before NBC ordered two additional hours. Naturally, the stakes are high — and for Ice T’s Finn, personal. “[The shooting] has more to do with a case from Finn’s past that didn’t have closure,” executive producer Warren Leight says. “Finn joined SVU after his partner took a bullet for him.” When that partner turns up all these years later, he may regret that decision. Will Finn have similar regrets? “The question for Finn is: What should he have done differently and what, if anything, could he do differently moving forward?” Leight says.
I’m so excited about Manu Bennett being a series regular on Arrow next season. Will we get a hint towards his Deathstroke future any time soon? — Kayte
NATALIE: Actually, we may get a hint this week, though it may not be the most obvious thing. “I would caution anybody who thinks that they know which way the story is going to go,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg says. “What’s always interesting about the island is that you know that Oliver survives the flashbacks, so there’s no suspense in that, but it’s who lives and who dies, and what they do and how they do it; that’s the stuff that is constantly the surprise and the thing that you don’t see coming.”
I’m loving Hannibal. Got any tasty scoop to whet my appetite? — Kyle
ADAM: I see what you did there! Thursday’s episode turns the tables a bit as we meet Dr. Lecter’s shrink, played by The X Files’ Gillian Anderson. “She is a woman who has retired from therapy after an incident, and Hannibal is her only patient [because] he refused to acknowledge her retirement,” creator Bryan Fuller says. “As the season goes on, we see how closely tied Hannibal was to that horrible incident in her professional life, and we also get to see her slowly start to piece together who her patient may be.” That can’t possibly end well, right? “She has this intimate relationship with a brutal murderer and … has insight into [his] psyche,” Fuller says. “What happens when she opens the wrong door?”
Adam’s Mega Rave: Thank you, Mad Men, for taking a break from Don’s existential angst to focus on Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s future. The pending merger gave the show a much-needed jolt of energy that has me buzzing with excitement for the next episode.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Dear Revolution, Chill out on all the throat-slitting! Love, Nat.
Can you share some details about the SVU finale? — Ben
ADAM: As a matter of fact, I have some exclusive casting scoop! Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, A Gifted Man) will play a charming but vicious man suspected of rape — and possibly murder. (One of his alleged victims is an aging photographer played by Judith Ivey). Rollins becomes fixated on busting the guy, but when the detectives can’t find a single shred of physical evidence and their eyewitness turns up dead, he may walk free. And trust us, that’s very bad news for Detective Benson.
Got any scoop on the Elementary finale? — Norman
NATALIE: I’ve exclusively learned that Nurse Jackie‘s Dominic Fumusa (aka Jackie’s ex) will guest-star in the finale as Mr. Gerard, the bodyguard of a Greek politician who is embroiled in the case of the week. Sherlock, of course, will soon discover that Gerard is protecting more than his client; he has secrets.
I’d love some info on the upcoming Modern Family episodes. — Melanie
ADAM: Who’s ready for a family road trip? When one of Phil’s clients offers to loan the Dunphy clan one of his RVs for the summer, Phil enthusiastically organizes a quick weekend test drive. But Claire, who insists the kids can’t handle a long ride together, eventually picks a fight among the children to prove her point. During the melee, lots of family secrets emerge, including Haley’s (failed) attempt to become a Laker Girl. Oddly, it’s that tidbit that saves the outing from ending in total disaster.
I loved the first 10 minutes of Sunday’s Once Upon a Time! Please give me some scoop on that episode! — Sharlene
NATALIE: Regina is in a very shocking (heh) position, but it’s who comes to her aid that’ll really shock you. In an attempt to fix her blackened heart, Snow and Charming will enlist Rumple to help track her down. But all magic comes with a price: This particular spell will connect Regina and Snow in a very dangerous way.
The Following‘s cliff-hanger is killing me! Any hints about who will be coming back next year? — Dan
ADAM: Are Joe and Claire alive? That remains the biggest question, but I can say with certainty that Ryan Hardy will live to bungle another lead. But if Joe’s dead, who’ll Ryan chase? Infer what you will from this news: Executive producer Marcos Siega tells us that fan favorite Emma (Valorie Curry) and Ryan’s partner Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) will have larger roles in Season 2.
Do you have any Nick-and-Jess scoop for the New Girl finale? — Heather
NATALIE: At Jess’ behest, Nick will put hos before bros when Schmidt asks him to help sabotage Cece’s wedding, according to Jake Johnson. “Nick doesn’t help the guys because he’s trying to be considerate of Jess’ feelings, which leads him into a weird spiral,” aka relationship clarity. “They put a name to what it is and make a decision to how they’re going to move forward.”
Is there any hope for a relationship between Kalinda and Cary, given how The Good Wife ended? — Samantha
ADAM: Yes! Although Cary appeared to screw over Kalinda by choosing Robyn to work at his new firm, Matt Czuchry (spelled the usual way) hints that it may actually foster a reunion. “Because they’re not working at the same place, there may be a chance for more life for that relationship,” he says. But won’t Kalinda hold a grudge? Czuchry is optimistic. “Certainly there are… fences that are going to need some mending, but they’ve been able to do that in the past,” he says.
Is Klaroline totally over now that The Originals was picked up? — Lisa
NATALIE: Not necessarily, and certainly not this season! When we asked Joseph Morgan about the “surprising encounter” that’s being teased between the two this week, he told us, “It’s going to come in the guise of an olive branch, and then it’ll start as something that I think people have wanted for a long time — but we’ll see where it goes.” Could this be the kiss that some of you have been waiting for?!
I need some NCIS: LA scoop on Kensi and Deeks. Will the box return? — Chelsea
ADAM: Sort of. Executive producer Shane Brennan says that what the box symbolizes will be explored. “If you look at the box as a ratcheting up of their personal relationship, you will not be disappointed,” Brennan says. “There is a very poignant moment between Kensi and Deeks in the finale that will surprise everyone.” How poignant, you ask? Let’s just say that people do crazy things when they’re about to die.
I can’t believe The Americans finale is this week! What can you tease? — Samuel
NATALIE: As the meeting with the colonel draws near, Phillip and Elizabeth will find themselves heading into a trap — and only one of them will come out unscathed. Yes, someone will die in Wednesday’s finale, and it will come at the hands of a very surprising familiar face.
Why don’t you ever show Doctor Who any love? — Noah
ADAM: Well, in the upcoming episode, “The Crimson Horror,” the good Doctor meets someone who develops quite a dangerous crush on him. (She even gives him a funny pet name!) What’s more, we’ll see the Time Lord lock lips with a lovely lady… who isn’t his companion Clara! As for the episode’s titular “horror,” let’s just say that one character has a very close (and kind of disgusting) relationship that is key to solving the episode’s mystery.
Is there any good news for Tom Haverford in the Parks and Recreation finale? — Beth
NATALIE: For once, yes! “Tom’s business has gone well enough and has made a big enough impression that he’s attracting the notice of some bigger fish in the business community,” executive producer Mike Schur tells me. “He gets approached in the finale and is presented with a situation.” Here’s hoping Jean-Ralphio won’t mess this one up!
Natalie’s Mega Rave: Sure, How I Met Your Mother‘s gimmickry has really tested our patience of late, but we loved Barney’s failed-turned-epic bachelor party, especially when it was revealed that Karate Kid‘s William Zabka was the clown the whole time! Bravo.
Adam’s Mini Rant: Come on, Bones. Couldn’t Booth and Brennan at least have their moment of happiness over the summer before this Pelant arc ripped it away?
What can we expect for Castle and Beckett’s relationship as we head to the end of Castle‘s season? — Dana
ADAM: The bumps that we’ve hinted at before will be exacerbated by two men who come into Beckett’s life. First, Beckett will be assigned to protect multimillionaire inventor Erik Vaughn (Ioan Gruffudd) — in his private hotel penthouse. “If Castle aspired to be someone, he’d aspire to be this guy,” creator Andrew W. Marlowe says. “Castle’s really determined to solve the case and get his girlfriend away from him.” During their alone time, Erik will ask Beckett some tough questions about where her relationship with Castle is headed. Unfortunately, as Beckett wrestles with those questions in the season’s penultimate episode, she’ll cross paths with a federal investigator (Carlos Bernard) who might offer some different answers. “He opens Beckett’s eyes on other possibilities that might be out there for her,” Marlowe teases.
Got any Nick and Jess scoop for New Girl? —Charlene
NATALIE: Get ready for more awkward Nick Miller times! When Jess’ dad (Rob Reiner) returns, Nick will find himself stuck hanging out with Papa Day and it won’t go as planned, natch. “There’s a lot at stake because Nick is trying to impress him,” executive producer Liz Meriwether tells me. “I think Bob Day likes Nick a lot, until he realizes that Nick might be interested in his daughter, so he’s holding him up to a little bit of a higher standard.”
I have a bad feeling about what’s going to happen to Ziva on NCIS. Can you make me feel any better? — Mandy
ADAM: Not really. Although executive producer Gary Glasberg says Ziva’s upcoming trip to Berlin with Tony features a “tremendous personal story,” Ziva is ultimately out to avenge her father’s killer. “People are going to see a Ziva David that they haven’t seen in a long time,” Glasberg says. “There is a strength and a resolute determination.” But will she go too far? That becomes the very question of the season finale as Colin Hanks’ federal investigator leads a witch hunt that takes a closer look at Gibbs and his team — and heads could roll. “There is a crossroads for NCIS,” Glasberg says. “Boundaries have been pushed and lines have been crossed. At some point, does that catch up to you?”
Are we going to see some forward movement for Sheldon and Amy in The Big Bang Theory finale?
NATALIE: Actually, it’ll come in the penultimate episode entitled “The Love Spell Potential,” in which the girls play Dungeons and Dragons with the guys. “There is a fully incredible Sheldon-Amy scene at the end that I can’t wait to go on television,” executive producer Steve Molaro says.”Sheldon and Amy go right into the heart of that conversation and it’s weird and sweet and touching and amazing and [Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik] just did a breathtaking job.” Can. Not. Wait.
Do you have any Revenge scoop? — Lisa
ADAM: On the April 28 episode, Nolan will dig for answers about Padma’s death and, in the process, viewers will finally learn the identity of the elusive Falcon. And a showdown is a-comin’… sorta. “Two major computer geeks going head-to-head — you can imagine that one,” Gabriel Mann says with a laugh. “How they [battle] is something that will inspire some laughs.” But things could also turn serious much faster than you think. “I have to question whether [Nolan's] up on his self-defense kills at this point, but I will say he’s going to need them really bad for things coming up soon,” Mann says. Personally, I’m just hoping Nolan will get to sport his undercover ‘stache again!
Will Rachel and Aaron survive the trek to the Tower on Revolution? —Samuel
NATALIE: It won’t be easy, that’s for sure. “There are a lot of obstacles,” Elizabeth Mitchell teases. “They run into a lot of people, and they have to get things for their journey. There’s a tremendous amount of resistance and there’s the struggle for survival and they don’t do it very well. They’re not our two warriors.” As for those people, look for Aaron to face his former wife — and she hasn’t just been waiting around for him all these years.
Can you give us any hints about where McGarrett and his mother stand in the season finale of Hawaii Five-0? — Heather
ADAM: The pair will actually make quite a team in the season’s penultimate episode. But once the finale offers some new answers about what exactly transpired between Doris and Wo Fat in that safe house, you can expect the the mother-son relationship to be as fraught as ever. “”McGarrett is getting to a place that he has to trust the people in his life,” executive producer Peter Lenkov says. “[But] with Doris… it’s always one step forward, two steps back. The moment he starts to trust her, she does something to break that trust.” As such, don’t look for Mama McGarrett’s story to be completely wrapped up in the finale. “We’ve only just begun to scratch the surface,” Lenkov says.
What’s coming up on Elementary? —Penny
NATALIE: The series will be doing an entire episode devoted to one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock stories, “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton,” in which Holmes is enlisted to recover sensitive material from the titular blackmailer, who targets the families of rape victims — but there’s a twist. “At the very end of the [original] story, Milverton is killed and Sherlock walks away,” executive producer Rob Doherty says. “We didn’t think that really fit for our structure, so for us, that’s really the beginning of the story. Sherlock is hired to recover something, happens to be there when somebody comes after Milverton and then has to figure out what to do next.”
I’ll take anything you can share about Supernatural. — Trish
ADAM: If you’re expecting the return of Felicia Day’s Charlie on the April 24 episode to be as much fun as the LARP-ing episode, prepare yourself for something a little different. “We’ve become very familiar with Charlie’s sarcasm, [but] I think [this] really gives us an opportunity to go a bit deeper,” executive producer Jeremy Carver says. “Although there will be some geeky fun as Dean tries to teach Charlie how to be a demon hunter, she’s also carrying a deep secret that could get her killed. “The boys start to uncover many, many layers of Charlie… and it’s ultimately a really rather emotional [episode]. It certainly resonates with the boys.”
Is Jerry retiring on Parks and Recreation the answer to your blind item? —Betty
NATALIE: Yes indeed, but fear not: Executive producer Mike Schur promises they’re not kicking Jim O’Heir off the show. “In that episode where his pension kicks in, he does intend to fully retire,” Schur says. Meanwhile, the finale will give April some life-changing news, so keep an eye out for our must-see finales gallery to get the scoop on what it could be.
Any hints about the Southland finale? — Jacob
ADAM: The full force of the LAPD will be out searching for the meth heads who kidnapped John Cooper and killed his partner — everyone except Cooper himself, who’s stuck behind a desk. And yes, given his recent experience, he’s an emotional wreck. “As bad as things have been, he still hasn’t hit bottom,” Michael Cudlitz tells us. “But he will.” Elsewhere, look for Ben’s duplicitous behavior come to light in a major confrontation with Sammy. “I don’t think the partnership can be saved at this point,” Ben McKenzie says. “The relationship is not left ambiguous. You know where they stand, for better or worse.”
Adam’s Mega Rave: Can we get a slow clap for Mad Men‘s Alison Brie? The verbal ass-kicking Trudy gave Pete as she threw him out of the house could only have been better if she had done this.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: The Pitch Perfect reunion during the MTV Movie Awards was anything but perfect. Hello, how about giving the rest of the cast a little screen time?! Totally wasted opportunity.